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SypherPK points the finger at Epic Games for FNCS cheating

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has one of the more interesting takes on the Fortnite Champion Series cheating scandal, pointing the finger at Epic Games.

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has one of the more interesting takes on the Fortnite Champion Series cheating scandal, pointing the finger at Epic Games.

Most Fortnite fans know all about the FNCS cheating scandal, by now. In short, the top two duo teams in NA-East landed in Slurpy Swamp and used the free shields to trade Storm Surge tags without following up for the elimination.

The clips of the teams doing this were the opposite of subtle. They tagged one another for Storm Surge in nearly all of the FNCS warmup games and again in FNCS week 1.

As Chap put it, they were indirectly teaming up as a squad to kill another team. They got free Storm Surge tags, meaning another duo was going to die to storm surge.

Most of the biggest names in Fortnite weighed in on the topic. Ninja gave his opinion on the young pro scene in regards to cheating, Tfue spoke up, and xQc sub-tweeted Fortnite pros who were defending the dous in question.

Most of the responses to the scandal were similar. Friends of the players involved leaned towards defending them, while the rest of the community agreed with a 60-day ban.

Streamer SypherPK had one of the most unique and insightful takes on the whole situation, however. He agreed that these players should have been banned for what they did, but added that the problem goes deeper than a couple of teams colluding in Slurpy Swamp.

Sypher went in on the current state of competitive Fortnite, and the fact that this kind of thing happens all of the time. These players are constantly playing scrimmages against one another. They know where other teams land and often agree to split landing spots with opposing teams.

He also said that, while this example is egregious, these Storm Surge tags happen constantly. Players know that it’s not a good idea to take an early-game fight, but they also know it’s smart to get a few tags for Storm Surge.

“So many pro teams share drop spots,” Sypher told his chat. “Naturally, if both teams play extremely smart, they’re going to come to an agreement without even speaking to each other … ‘hey, it might not be a bad idea for both of us to tag up each other,’ especially in Slurpy Swamp.”

Sypher admitted that the players involved in this controversy probably had an off-stream conversation about splitting Slurpy and tagging one another for Stor Surge. His point was that this happens all of the time, even when the teams don’t coordinate off-stream.

The problem, in his opinion, is a result of the Storm Surge mechanic. “The mechanic itself is dumb. It’s only in the game because the servers can’t handle that many people, so it’s already a band-aid fix to a problem.”

Sypher agreed that the players made their coordination too obvious and that they desired to be punished, but stated that this kind of thing happens without this level of collusion.

“Let’s say there’s two teams that land Slurpy Swamp all the time,” Sypher explained. “One team takes the north side, one team takes the south side every time. Both teams know each other, both teams respect each other and they don’t fight each other because they know it’s not smart to take that fight.

“I feel like that’s already messed up from a competitive perspective.” Sypher then went on to explain what happens when a third team enters the mix. Someone new to the area would often be focused by the other two teams if they encroached on the already-split drop spot.

“It’s stupid to think that those teams haven’t already agreed beforehand that they’re not gonna fight,” Sypher told his chat. “And if a third team shows up, they’re gonna … stick out like a sore thumb and both teams will probably team up on that third team because it’s not part of the system that they have in place.”

Epic Games

Sypher’s take on this whole situation might be the most insightful one yet. He agrees that these teams should be punished, but pointed the finger at Epic for their flawed competitive system. There is inherent collusion for Storm Surge and drop spots in Fortnite. These players just took it to another level.

If Epic really wants to eradicate this kind of behavior, they probably need to increase the elimination incentive in their games. If kills were worth more than placements, spawn fights would be far more common.

Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen. We may have to deal with the Storm Surge tag meta and split drop spots for the duration of competitive Fortnite.

Save the World

Epic Games vs. Apple feud spells the end for ‘Save the World’ on Mac

The Apple vs. Epic Games fallout has now forced Epic to scrap Fortnite: Save the World on Mac.

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Users of Apple devices continue to be the casualty of the ongoing feud between the company and Epic Games, which has been brewing for the past month.

For those who aren’t aware of what’s been going on, you can take a look at a detailed synopsis here. In short, Epic have allowed players to purchase V-Bucks directly from them – bypassing the take of the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Apple and Google have both removed Fortnite from their stores, but Android devices allow the use of third-party launchers where Apple devices do not. The result is that Android users can still play the most recent version of Fortnite while iOS and Mac users can’t.

At first, most of the focus was on the Battle Royale side of things. Mobile players using iOS devices couldn’t get the Season 4 update, which means that they were stuck in the past. They would be forced to play Season 3 indefinitely.

On September 17, however, Epic announced that the feud with Apple has resulted in their inability to develop ‘Save the World’ on Mac. On September 23, 2020, Fortnite Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.

In the accompanying blog post, the development team told players that, “Apple is preventing Epic from signing games and patches for distribution on Mac, which ends our ability to develop and offer Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Specifically, our upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience.”

The team decided to cut their losses and offer refunds to any Mac player who purchased Save the World on their device. The same is true for any V-Buck purchases they made. “There’s no action needed on your part to receive the refund and you will retain any previously purchased V-Bucks and items on your account.”

Of course, this only affects MacOS players and no one else. Anyone who previously played on MacOS can pick up where they left off on another platform, if they so choose. “Players will still be able to play Save the World on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and thanks to cross-progression, your Heroes, Schematics and everything else in your Homebase will automatically transfer across supported platforms,” Epic wrote in a blog post.

You will still be able to play the Battle Royale version of Fortnite on MacOS, but won’t be receiving updates until this issue is resolved. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it looks like Epic and Apple are preparing for a long battle in court. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

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Glitches

Fortnite Iron Man hero ability is sending players flying

Don’t use Crash Pads and the Iron Man laser with one another.

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Fortnite Season 4 Marvel characters

The Superhero abilities in Fortnite have made season 4 stand out from the rest of the seasons in the chapter. To many, Season 4 is a return to form for Fortnite – prioritizing fun, interesting items instead of a stale loot pool.

These abilities aren’t without their issues, however. They’re relatively complex and are prone to bugs. We’ve already seen how Storm’s ability allows players to fly anywhere in the map. That bug is only plaguing Marvel Standoff, for now, but another issue with Iron Man’s ability is causing problems in core modes.

Using a Crash Pad at the same time as Iron Man’s laser will send you soaring high into the air. The bug appears to send you to the top of the map before plunging you back to the ground.

The player in the above clip was lucky enough to land over a river. If they hadn’t they would have died. Crash Pads prevent fall damage, but this bug negates that effect. Take a look at this player who also experienced the bug – which ended his life.

The issue is relatively specific and can be avoided if you don’t ever use these two items in combination with one another. Still, it causes issues for some people who are unaware of the glitch.

At the time of writing, this bug isn’t listed on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board, which means we likely won’t see a fix for another 2 weeks or more. For now, all we can recommend is that you stay away from Crash Pads while using Iron Man’s ability.

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Fortnite leak points to 2020 birthday celebration event

Fortnite’s third birthday is coming up and new leaks suggest we’ll be celebrating with free cosmetics.

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Fortnite Battle Royale released on all platforms on September 26, 2017. At the time, the game was little more than a free expansion of the base game: ‘Save the World.’ Epic were capitalizing on the Battle Royale craze that was fueled by games like PUBG and H1Z1.

To a lot of console players, Fortnite Battle Royale was the first BR game to be available to them. PUBG and H1Z1 were PC games at the time – with future console releases on the horizon. Fortnite, however, was free and playable to the biggest gaming market out there, helping to fuel its early success.

We’re almost three years removed from Fortnite’s initial release date and the game has come further than anyone could expect. It went from a niche Battle Royale game to one of the biggest titles of all time. Fortnite has become a cultural phenomenon like no other game before it.

Each year that passes, Epic Games commemorate the release of their most popular product with an in-game event. Most of the time, this includes a Battle Bus rework along with some free cosmetics that will only be available for a limited time. The first year gave us a back bling and the second year gave us a free skin and pickaxe.

As expected, Epic are planning something similar for Fortnite’s third birthday. This time, we’ll be able to unlock two weapon wraps to celebrate the season. According to data miner, FortniteFevers, the wrap is still in development. We should see the finished product in the next patch.

Via: @FortniteFevers
Via: @FortniteFevers

Usually, Epic offer us a few different cosmetics to unlock during the Birthday Event. We don’t expect them to limit us to two weapon wraps. Most of the time, we have several challenges to complete with corresponding rewards, so we’re predicting that these will only be two of them.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the Fortnite 2020 Birthday event. We’re expecting a patch next week, which should give us more information with which to work.

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