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SypherPK blasts skill-based matchmaking for taking fun out of Fortnite

Fortnite Streamer, Ali ‘SypherPK Hassan, thinks that skill-based matchmaking causes players to no longer play for fun.

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Fortnite Streamer, Ali ‘SypherPK Hassan, thinks that skill-based matchmaking causes players to no longer play for fun.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) was one of the more controversial changes that Epic Games made to Fortnite. All skill levels used to play in the same lobbies. Now, we’re divided by our statistics.

The new system has done two things. It has devalued wins at the lower levels and caused higher-level play to unfold like a competitive match.

Fortnite players seem to be split on the topic of SBMM. Many of the lower-skilled players like the change, as they no longer have to face people who have been playing Fortnite since it came out. On the other end of the spectrum, players tend to get tired of facing skilled player after skilled player.

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At this point, lower-skilled players seem to have an easier time getting wins than higher-skilled players. Other Battle Royales like Apex Legends and Warzone also use SBMM, but many Fortnite fans think that their game should be an exception.

A host of streamers have been complaining about skill-based matchmaking since it came out, including SypherPK. He ranted about the topic during a stream in January and many times before and since.

During a late-night stream on April 1, Sypher became frustrated with the Fortnite MMR system, once again. He was pushed and eliminated by someone in the storm and watched the player box-up and act like he was playing for a high-stakes prize.

The streamer predicted that the game would end in a heal-off, and it nearly did. He claimed that, without an aggressive player like himself, high-level games always end in a heal-off.

Sypher kept watching and became even more frustrated with the particular player and the SBMM system. He mocked the player for L2-spamming, which has already been removed from Fortnite.

“I hate SBMM so much,” he went on to say. “I hate it so much. Not because of good players playing. Only because of, just, the mentality and attitude that it promotes. Every pub game is like the World Cup qualifier.”

The match didn’t end in a heal-off as Sypher predicted. The final two players build-battled for a bit before the player Sypher was spectating made a high-ground Launch Pad move.

The other player killed the one that Sypher was spectating, which prompted a massive celebration. Sypher was so hyped that he raided the streamer who won the game.

This situation had a happy ending, but Sypher has a point about skill-based matchmaking. High-level public matches are incredibly serious these days, with the last four or five players boxed-up waiting for zone.

There are few differences between high-level public matches and mid-level Arena matches. The tag ‘Arena without siphon’ is accurate.

Unfortunately, it would be surprising for Epic to backtrack on their SBMM system. The developers want casual players to get more wins – and they are. Unfortunately, that means high-skilled players are having a tougher time.

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Fortnite split-screen: how to play with friends

Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable the setting.

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Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite back in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable it so you can play locally with a friend.

Fortnite has always had a focus on playing with friends, but that always meant you had to play online. Even if you were in the same house as your friend or family member, the two of you had to play on two separate devices.

This changed back in the v11.30 update in Chapter 2 Season 1. Epic introduced split-screen capabilities on consoles for the first time. It wasn’t perfect when it first came out, but it’s since gotten a lot better.

How to use the Fortnite console split-screen feature

Initiating split-screen is simple. All you have to do is connect two controllers to your Xbox or PlayStation. Split-screen still isn’t available on mobile, PC, or Nintendo Switch. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start Fortnite
  2. Connect a second controller to the console and turn it on
  3. Hit ‘Main Menu’
  4. Player 1 will need to invite Player 2 with their Epic account
  5. Player 2 will need to sign into their account
  6. Player 2 will join and split-screen will automatically initiate

You can even save another player’s information on another account on your console, making split-screen easier and quicker to complete.

The feature still isn’t perfect and doesn’t replace the feeling of playing online. You’ll only have access to half of your screen, so you’re going to miss a few things that normal players will see. Still, playing split-screen is far more preferable than switching off with your friend or family member game after game. Enjoy!

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Fortnite v16.20: what to expect

The Fortnite Season 6 v16.20 update is expected to go live this week. Here’s what we expect to see in the next Fortnite update

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The Fortnite v16.20 is expected to release this week. Here’s what we’ll see in the patch notes when the update goes live.

We’re working our way through Fortnite Season 6, but Epic are continuing to give us new content to explore. We’re only a week past v16.10 and are already expecting to see v16.20 go live this week.

Here’s our typical patch breakdown on what to expect in the update, including some leaked items and a long list of bug fixes.

Bug fixes

Epic are consistently updating their game to fix bugs, glitches, and exploits. In the v16.20 patch, we’ll see a ton of fixes – including a fix for an exploit that allowed players to gain unlimited health/shield over the course of a match.

Here are all of the bug fixes that should be addressed in the v16.20 update.

  • Cannot create system-level parties between PS5 and PS4 when playing Fortnite.
  • Code Green Wrap not appearing correctly.
  • Arena playlist issues.
  • Storm visibility is clear when using Performance Mode.
  • Collection Book Character #17 not appearing on the Island.
  • Slurpshrooms and Coconuts temporarily disabled.
  • (Creative) Start with ‘Pickaxe’ Creator setting still spawning with a Pickaxe.
  • (Creative) Vehicles not moving properly in Creative.
  • (Mobile) Cosmetics in Lobby appearing blurry on Nintendo Switch.
  • (Mobile) 3D resolution reset itself even if the player saved the settings.

Leaks

We’ve seen a few leaks about content that could be coming to Fortnite in the coming weeks. The most likely addition to Fortnite in v16.20 would be the Unstable Bow – a rumored Exotic weapon that should be coming to Season 6.

On top of that, we’ve seen leaks about vehicle and weapon mods, additional crafting materials, and more. We don’t know if/when any of these will come to the game. We always take leaks with a grain of salt, but many of these items will likely make their way to Fortnite – possibly in the next update.

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We’ll keep you posted when we have official word from Epic on the v16.20 patch. We expect to see it on April 13 or 14, at the latest.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on any of the latest Fortnite news.

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How to tame Raptors in Fortnite Season 6

Raptors have entered Fortnite Season 6 in the v16.10 update. Here’s where to find and how to tame Raptors.

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Raptors are now available in Fortnite Season 6. Here’s where to find and tame the new creatures.

The Fortnite v16.10 update brought a new form of wildlife to Fortnite: Raptors. These predators are now roaming the island, looking for blood.

Of course, you can tame these dinosaurs to fight by your side. Unfortunately, you can’t ride them, but they can be a huge help when it comes to combat. Here’s everything you need to know.

Fortnite Raptor locations

Unsurprisingly, Raptors spawn around the areas where their eggs hatched. You can find them around Stealthy Stronghold, outside of Craggy Cliffs, south of The Spire, and south of Misty Meadows.

Raptors spawn in pairs and are stronger than wolves when you fight them. This is not to say that taking them down will be difficult. We’re not dealing with Marauders, here.

Here’s a map of all of the known Raptor spawns in Fortnite Season 6. We’ll update this map if the spawns change or if players find more locations.

Fortnite Raptor locations

How to tame a Raptor in Fortnite

Taming a Raptor is the same as taming most of the other wildlife on the island. It will be the same process as taming a Wolf – arguably easier as wolves spawn in packs rather than pairs.

  1. Eliminate a Wolf, Chicken, or Boar for its meat
  2. Find a Raptor
  3. Throw the meat at its feat and wait for the Raptor to eat
  4. Walk up to the Raptor and hold “Interact” to tame.

Be careful, as Raptors spawn in pairs. Just because you tame one, doesn’t mean its partner doesn’t still want to eat you.

Fortnite Raptors

With such a quick addition of a new animal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Epic add more wildlife to the island as Season 6 chugs along.

We’ll update you if we learn anything else about the wildlife of Fortnite – or if we find any new tricks to taming Raptors.

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