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SypherPK claims that skill-based matchmaking is NOT in Squads

It appears as though Epic removed several bots from Fortnite rather than implementing skill-based matchmaking in Squads.

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The hottest topic in Fortnite might be skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). Players have been discussing the system off-and-on since Chapter 2 began, but it surged back into the news with the reported removal of SBMM in the Squads playlist.

Quite a bit happened following the reported removal of SBMM. Matches were filled with bots, which was disappointing to content creators like SypherPK, Tfue, and EmadGG. Sypher made a video on the topic, proving how many bots were in each match.

A couple of days later, Epic adjusted the SBMM system – as they told us they would. A sizeable chunk of bots was removed from this mode, which led many to believe that SBMM was back.

Fortnite Twitter turned on SypherPK for his criticism of the new system. They used the hashtag #f**kSypherPK to show their distaste for the streamer.

Everyone from Tfue to Ninja came to Sypher’s defense following this Twitter outburst. The angriest group appeared to be the trickshotters, who couldn’t spend 20 minutes setting up a shot on a bot, anymore.

After a couple of days playing the new Squads mode, it appears as though SBMM isn’t back in its original form. The skill discrepancy is still all over the place in Squads – there just aren’t as many bots.

Sypher and crew noticed this as well and even completed a five-corner mythic weapon challenge. The addition of SBMM and the removal of bots are not the same thing, but they appear to have been confused.

As you can see at the top of the article, data miner Hypex confirmed that all of the “data miners” claiming that SBMM was back weren’t truly able to tell. It appears as though the Twitter hatred toward Sypher was premature, misinformed, and misdirected – even if he was directly responsible for the removal of bots.

Again, none of this is confirmed without a word from Epic. From reports and personal experience, however, it appears as though SBMM is not active in Squads. Hop in and try it for yourself.

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SypherPK gives his wish list for Fortnite Season 4

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is asking for Traps, action, variety, and more in Fortnite Season 4.

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan is one of the most respected Fortnite creators on Twitch and YouTube. He’s one of the only big streamers to stick with the game after the mass exit of people like DrLupo, TimtheTatMan, NickMercs, and even Ninja. He’s been around the game since day one and his opinion carries a lot of weight.

On July 31, Sypher released a video entitled “What Epic NEEDS to do in Fortnite Season 4.” In the video, he lists his wishes for the next Fortnite season, along with some suggestions on how to make his ideal Fortnite experience a reality. Here’s a brief summary of what Sypher wants to see in Season 4:

  1. More variety in items/weapons/shields – specifically in pubs
  2. More action in the mid-game (player count increase LTM)
  3. Reworking of Mythic POIs
  4. Continue the LTM testing
  5. Add an improved version of the Traps

Most of us can get behind the first two suggestions on Sypher’s list – right off the bat. So many players loved the Unvaulted LTM when that came into the game. Hopefully, the numbers from this mode showed Epic that the player base wants to get back to those fun, interesting weapons from Chapter 1.

Likewise, the pacing of Chapter 2 needs some tweaking. Somehow, Epic need to find a way to prevent the mid-game lull that is so prevalent in most Fortnite matches – whether that includes raising the player count or not.

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The LTM rotation has been great since the Season 3 Summer event – and Sypher wants more of that in Season 4. It could be an easy way to test new mechanics and keep the player base happy. The suggestion involving Mythic POIs could be a good one – but we doubt that it will come to fruition.

Epic seem pot-committed to the current Mythic POI system – which seems to have as much to do with the story as it does with the gameplay. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what they do.

Predictably, Sypher finished his list by requesting that Epic add traps back to Fortnite. Since the removal of Traps in Season 3, players have been fearlessly rushing any opponent they see.

It’s getting a bit too aggressive, and 100-damage traps with Sypher’s small tweak would be a perfect way to balance offense and defense. We don’t know how difficult it would be to disable enemy traps once a player is eliminated, but it would be the perfect way to fix the most annoying part of the defensive item.

As of now, Fortnite Season 4 is set to release at the end of August – barring any delays. What are your wishes for Fortnite Season 4? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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SypherPK’s brother’s Twitch ban is a cautionary tale for young streamers

SypherPK’s younger brother, JuniorPK, was banned on Twitch. His experience should serve as a cautionary tale to all young streamers on the platform.

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Fans of the popular Fortnite streamer and YouTuber SypherPK are no stranger to his younger brother, JuniorPK. Sypher has featured Junior in several of his videos, challenges, and streams – helping the latter grow substantially on both Twitch and YouTube.

With the help of his older brother, Junior was able to cultivate his own following and amass 60,000 followers on Twitch. On July 26, JuniorPK uploaded a video to YouTube entitled “I Got Permanently Banned…” In the video, the streamer discusses why his Twitch channel got deleted out of the blue.

According to Twitch Terms of Service (TOS), anyone with an account must be at least 13 years old. When Junior applied for partnership and gave Twitch his documentation, they saw that the streamer created his account when he was 12 – meaning that it violated the Twitch TOS. The platform had no choice but to delete his entire channel – 60,000 followers and all.

This is incredibly unfortunate for Junior, but it could have been a lot worse. Yes, he’s facing a substantial setback in his streaming career, but he still has an older brother with millions of followers and two massive platforms in Twitch and YouTube. Sypher even released a video, telling his fans about the situation and linking his brother’s new Twitch channel: Twitch.tv/juniorPK123.

The banning should serve as a cautionary tale to all young, aspiring streamers out there. If you were using your current Twitch account before you turned 13, then you could face the same situation if your hard work pays off and you are able to apply for partnership. You too could have your entire channel deleted – and you probably don’t have a brother with the amount of clout that SypherPK has.

Junior will bounce back from this. For him, it’s likely a minor setback for a major comeback. According to Sypher, both of them are working with Twitch so that Junior can get his old username back.

For most young streamers, however, something like this would be devastating. It should serve as a warning to every 14 or 15-year-old who wants to get into streaming on Twitch. Make sure you check that account creation date before you get too invested in your channel.

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SypherPK explains why he’s no longer streaming Fortnite

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has announced that he is stepping away from Fortnite for the time being, instead focusing on Warzone, leaving very few top streamers still dedicated to the game.

SypherPK was one of the few remaining ‘big streamers’ to continue streaming Fortnite regularly in a post-Warzone 2020, with many of his counterparts like NICKMERCS, TimTheTatman, Symfuhny, CouRage, Myth, and Cloakzy all moving to Call of Duty’s battle royale primarily.

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Sypher is taking a break from Fortnite on stream.

Sypher had partly benefited from the reduced competition on Fortnite, especially on YouTube where the game is still booming. Twitch viewership for Fortnite is still steady, but certainly not as explosive as it has been in the past two years.

The streamer and YouTuber has spoken frequently about the problems that have led to Fortnite’s decline among content creators. Chiefly, the introduction of ‘skill-based matchmaking’ (SBMM) made it harder for good players to have more casual matches.

That left top streamers struggling to get good gameplay on a consistent basis for videos and stream content, as every game would match them with equally skilled opponents.

However, Sypher still plans to record videos for Fortnite daily, as the game is still immensely popular on YouTube, even if Twitch has declined for it somewhat.

Another reason that has likely contributed to Sypher’s decision is that many of his streaming buddies are constantly on Warzone, leaving him to play Fortnite on his own if he chose to.

He has also spoken in the past about the challenge of balancing his YouTube content with his stream content, so perhaps this transition to strictly Warzone on stream will ease these pressures.

With the delay to cars coming to Fortnite, Sypher expects new content in the game to be “minimal”, and so it’s the perfect time to make the switch.

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