Fortnite’s skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has been back in the news in a big way of late, with Epic removing and reportedly re-enabling the system in Squads. Fans were generally happy to see SBMM go and disappointed when it returned.
The problem with Epic’s new SBMM-free matchmaking was the number of bots. SypherPK highlighted the problem in a couple of YouTube videos, even claiming that 60-90% of the players in some of his games were AI.
When Epic added SBMM back to Fortnite, some fans took to Twitter to blame SypherPK for persuading Epic on this front. Sypher was only showing people how many bots were in each game, but fans jumped onto the bandwagon with the hashtag “#f**kSypherPK.
Tfue discussed the topic of SBMM and bots during a recent stream. Like Sypher, he noticed how many bots were in Squads after the removal of SBMM. “Squads was trash without skill-based matchmaking,” he told his chat. “There was no players in your game!”
The streamer went on to sum-up Epic’s thought process with the removal of SBMM – seemingly accurately. “Fortnite’s like, ‘Oh, you want skill-based matchmaking removed? We got you. Let’s just fill the lobby up with f**kin’ bots, then the s**tters don’t get f**kin’ p**sed on and the sweaty players can think they’re good.'”
In response to his rant, one of Tfue’s viewers threw the trending hashtag into his chat: #f**kSypherPK. Tfue replied with similar aggression, “F**k SypherPK? How about f**k you, p***y. You suck. … You guys act like Sypher really has the f**kin’ power to change the game. Even I ain’t got that s**t.”
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Tfue appears to be right on all fronts, here. Sypher doesn’t have as much power as chunks of the community thinks he does. The former had a dead-on description of Epic’s thought process with the SBMM removal, as well. They wanted to appease everyone, so they added a bunch of bots into the game.
The #f**kSypher trend seems to be dying down, at this point. Most people know that Sypher has always advocated for the removal of SBMM and that he doesn’t have the power to make changes to the game. Tfue’s stance on this goes a long way to changing the minds of some young Fortnite followers.
Nick Eh 30 gets streamer banned on Fortnite for stream sniping
Nick Eh 30 gets a Twitch streamer banned on Fortnite for stream sniping him during the Nick Eh 30 Cup.
Nick Eh 30 has had a big couple of weeks in Fortnite, hosting his own cup and receiving an in-game skin pack with his favorite cosmetic loadout.
The Nick Eh 30 Cup was another in a line of creator-hosted Fortnite tournaments where fans could compete against some of the game’s biggest names for a chance to win cash prizes. This one saw Crumble, a relatively unknown Fortnite pro, take home first prize.
The Cup didn’t finish with a lack of drama. Every streamer and pro player has to deal with some level of stream snipers, but Nick had to face this difficulty in the last match of his own cup.
One of the people who landed on Nick, Archie FN, was live on Twitch. He eliminated Nick and another stream sniper before dancing on Nick’s body for no less than 30 seconds.
The always-positive Nick Eh 30 was visibly shaken by what happened. He sounded disappointed and dejected as he went back into replay mode to report the stream snipers who landed on him.
As thousands of Nick Eh 30 fans flooded his chat, Archie told them, “No hate to Nick. I want to give him a hug; he’s the nicest bloke. Nick, can you get in call and show me how to loot this place?”
Thankfully, Epic have been taking swift action to combat stream sniping in Fortnite. Archie received a 24-hour ban as soon as he returned to the lobby.
When Nick saw the screen telling him that action had been taken on his opponent’s account, he immediately smiled and laughed. “No way they did that,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know why I let that get to me so much, man.”
It’s always good to see justice served, and even better that Epic are combating stream snipers so quickly. SypherPK reported a similar experience, where he got a stream sniper banned in about 15 minutes.
Archie, for his part, released a statement on the alleged stream sniping. He claimed that he wasn’t stream sniping at all – that he was, instead, searching for a lightly-contested landing spot without any tier-1 pros. He was playing off-ping, and decided to land on Nick Eh 30 after watching the replay of a previous game.
“This is a video game,” Archie explained in a video. “Money involved, but why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself? I’m 20 and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”
Nickmercs to return to Fortnite with SypherPK
NickMercs is coming back to Fortnite with none other than SypherPK.
SypherPK continues to bring some of the biggest names from the “OG” Fortnite days back to the game. He already helped to revitalize Ninja’s interest in Fortnite, which is now back in the regular rotation for the streamer. This time, he’s partnering-up with his old duo partner, NickMercs.
The latter streamer initially expressed his interest in returning to Fortnite on November 13, writing in a Tweet, “Bro I miss playing Fortnite. Some of the best times I’ve ever had, gaming. Considering throwin’ it back in the rotation.”
If Nick were to return to Fortnite, it would make sense that he’d join forces with his one friend who still plays the game every day: SypherPK.
On November 16, Sypher tweeted a question that seemed more like an announcement: “Fortnite tonight with @NickMercs?” A few minutes later, he tweeted his stream schedule for the week. His Monday stream made it official: “Fortnite w/ NickMercs at night!”
We can only hope that Nick takes to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 in the same way that Ninja did. In many ways, the most recent season of the game was a return to form – bringing back some fan-favorite weapons and the general “fun” feeling that Fortnite had been missing for the first part of Chapter 2.
It’s only anecdotal, but it feels like Epic fiddled with the skill-based matchmaking in this season as well. The games seem a bit easier lately, with less sweat-filled solos than there had been in the past.
Sypher’s stream will begin at 2PM central but the NickMercs portion will likely begin a few hours into the broadcast. Tune into either stream to learn more about when NickMercs will finally return to Fortnite.
Nick Eh 30 signs with Luminosity Gaming
Fortnite streamer, Nick “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony, announced his new organization: Luminosity Gaming.
Luminosity Gaming continues to rack-up the Fortnite signings, this time turning to longtime Fortnite streamer and competitor, Nick “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony. The always-positive content creator joins the likes of Muselk and MrFreshAsian on Luminosity’s content creation roster after the signing on November 11.
“It’s always been about community,” Nick told Dexerto’s Mike Kent regarding his Luminosity deal. “They’ve (Luminosity) just been one of those organizations that I’ve talked to and they really have that same emphasis as me, which is community and family … Even from that first call that I did with them when I was going through different organizations, you could really tell they had that emphasis on family and community.”
Nick Eh 30’s announcement featured a highly-produced documentary-style video that covered his early years; culminating in Nick revealing the news to his parents in a touching moment. The streamer is one of the most recognizable names in Fortnite after three years of streaming the game – always with a positive attitude.
Luminosity has had a long history with Fortnite – dating back to when Nick Eh 30 was still streaming on YouTube. The org was a large player in the Fortnite scene when the game first came out. Ninja was a member when Fortnite was still fresh and the org later added SypherPK, the trap king, to the mix.
After a dwindling interest in the competitive scene, it seemed like Luminosity was content to let Fortnite pass them by. They had players like Khuna and Hogman, but weren’t making the same splash-signings that some other organizations had been.
Fast-forward a year and Luminosity has one of the strongest Fortnite rosters out there. They have competitive players like Jamper, Keys, Slackes, and Eclipsae along with a stable of content creators from all across the globe.
With the signing of Nick Eh 30, Luminosity is making a push for one of the most versatile Fortnite rosters in existence. 2020 was a huge year for the organization; signing some of the biggest content creators and pro players in Fortnite. Nick Eh 30 is another massive notch in their belt.
Nick will continue to do what he does best, now with the backing of one of the most established esports organizations out there. We’re excited to see where this collaboration leads.
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