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What Epic needs to do for Fortnite Pros to stay after the World Cup

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Due to the lack of competitive support from Epic Games, Fortnite pros are threatening to quit the game after the World Cup. Here’s a few things Epic needs to do to repair their esports scene.

Epic Games’ Fortnite was an undisputed success story for a long time after its launch due to smart marketing and unprecedented levels of game content.

However, once Epic Games took over the competitive aspects of Fortnite…things started getting rough. Even the casual side of the game has been experiencing the weight of Epic’s constant changes and disregard for game balance.

It’s time for Epic Games to take a step back and really understand what competitive players want to see in Fortnite esports. All they have to do is listen and look around at other esports for a little guidance.

While Epic has poured in a lot of money into prize pools, their structural support for the competitive community (and recently the casual community as well) has been lackluster.

These four points of interest would help Epic in securing the future of competitive Fortnite:

Ensure the game is as cheater-free as possible

This can be an near impossible task, but when we are talking about $30 million+ dollars for a tournament, it’s unacceptable that hackers have a chance to get in.

Two cheaters (Johnny TK & DubsFN) were recently exposed for cheating during the first Fortnite World Cup qualifier. DubsFN even managed to qualify…

This is fine for a competitive $30 million dollar event, right?

Epic Games should, with haste, ensure that the game can no longer be breached. It’s a common problem in many PC games. While Fortnite’s anti-cheat is touted as one of the best…it still isn’t standing up to the hackers.

Keep in mind that consoles have nearly eliminated all cheaters from the platforms (with some notable exceptions). Maybe Epic could seek guidance from Microsoft or Sony?

There is another way to help ensure less chance of cheating during the Fortnite esports events. Local Area Networks.

Convert Online Events into LAN Events

Online events always run the risk, in any game, of having cheaters get through the cracks. This isn’t the case, however, for LAN events…for the most part.

Most esports nowadays run almost all of their main series events from LANs. Players travel to arenas, stadiums, and other locations to play in events that span weekends to months.

CWL World Championship crowd – via MajorLeagueGaming

The list of games that run LAN events, even for qualifiers, is extensive and includes CSGO, League of Legends, DOTA 2, Halo, Overwatch, and many others.

LAN events put more control into Epic’s hands and allow them to setup secure events that only feature hardware/software approved by the company. Everything is setup prior to players’ arrival and players are not allowed to install/bring any unauthorized gear to the LAN site.

Money isn’t an excuse for Epic as they are profiting immensely from Fortnite and acquiring access to LAN event locations would be fairly trivial for them.

Different Patching Schedule/Content for Competitive Fortnite

Let’s be honest. Some of Fortnite’s content is a lot of fun when played casually, but simply does not hold up to a competitive standard.

Competitive does not mean “anti-casual”. It means “fair”.

Epic has been completely reluctant to have a different patching schedule for the competitive scene. At the same time, they continue pumping out new content into the game without taking into consideration the competitive impact.

Some players have rotational knowledge, others have The Baller – via Epic Games

We believe that Epic should continue to deliver their amazing pace of content for the casual game, but develop a two-tier system that allows the new items to settle a bit before being added to the competitive scene.

The Baller is an excellent example. While the Baller isn’t a huge problem in casual Fortnite, the threat to competitive gameplay could have been seen from a mile away.

It allows for easy rotations, safe traversal of end games, and gives you a 200 point shield. If Epic had only released this for casual Fortnite, they would have had time to evaluate the power of the vehicle and decide to not carry it over to competitive.

Imagine if Epic decides to add something as powerful and broken as the Infinity Blade again…

Better Communication from Epic Games

Epic Games’ has been quite good at communicating their problems and ideas to the community since the beginning. It’s why they rose to such popularity. While other games’ developers ignored most community ideas, Epic openly embraced us.

But recently, things have begun to change. Epic Games has made decisions that have been directly counter to what the community has been looking for. The siphon removal from casual Fortnite is a great example.

Ever since the competitive community has been asking for a more solid competitive experience, Epic has remained nearly completely silent on the matter.

We need better communication from Epic Games – via Epic Games

The community has asked for more structured/tested releases, separate competitive patches, LAN events, etc., but Epic Games hasn’t responded to any of these requests.

Epic Games must have reasons for not carrying out these changes that have made other esports extremely successful. We want them to make their case. Give us a reason to believe that you are actually trying to do the best you can for competitive Fortnite.

As of right now, it seems like competitive Fortnite is nothing more than a marketing gimmick for Epic Games. A new way to drum up some noise about Fortnite while not really supporting the scene with anything more than money.

Prize pools don’t mean anything if the gameplay and competitive structure aren’t competitive friendly. Many big-time players can simply play the game casually on Twitch and make much more money anyways.

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Fortnite nerfs the Visualize Sound Effects range in Season 3 update

The most broken feature of Chapter 3 has now finally received a nerf and players couldn’t be happier. Here’s the latest on that.

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After a long wait, Epic finally fixes the most broken feature of Fortnite that sweats were just tired of ever since the beginning of Chapter 3. Visualize Sound Effects was a feature which was recently nerfed in an update where players got to experience it as they jumped into a Battle Royale match.

Fortnite has had a history of broken features and glitches that have been well exploited by the player community over the last few years. From XP Glitch Maps to weapons meta, players have been using these exploits to gain a gameplay advantage that sometimes ends up getting them banned for their actions.

While some actions or exploits get them banned, others are just bugs in the game that is an error from the developer’s end that they take it casual enough to fix. One such exploit that was legit in the game was Visualize Sound Effects in sound settings.

When one enables the option, they can see visual cues of chests, gunfire, footsteps, reboot vans or even if someone is healing nearby. This then aids a player in judging the direction where the activity is happening and respond to it.

Ever since Chapter 3, this option was broken as players were able to hear the sound of gunfire, footsteps or even healing from afar which was an advantage to several sweats who always love to rush their opponents and engage in close combat. But in a recent update in Season 3, Epic finally decided to nerf it for good.

Epic nerfs Visualize Audio range as it’s not broken anymore

In last week’s update of v21.10, Epic nerfed the range of Visualize Sound Effects option as it was one of the most broken features in the game. Players weren’t informed nor were aware of this major change that took place in Fortnite until they tried it out themselves.

The update has fixed the distance and the radius of the Visual Audio cues one gets upon going near Chests, hearing footsteps or gunfire. After the update, players will only be able to see visual cues if they are approx. 100m close to the objects or their opponents which is a major relief to casual players or campers.

While casual players or noobs enjoy this news, sweats are surely unhappy and so are players who basically need these hearing aid options in-game to help them orient their gameplay. Moreover, this major change by Epic in one of the oldest Fortnite settings was not announced in any of the patch notes or their official Twitter handle, which it should have, according to the player-base.

However, players think that this fix might be a random update as Visual Audio has always been messy in-game ever since it was added. From reboot vans sounding from miles away to footsteps being heard from a long distance, Epic still needs to put in some work to fix those audio issues.

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Fortnite leak shows two major POIs getting the Reality Bloom effect soon

Reality Bloom is a phenomenon that is wildly spreading across the island as it modifies several POIs. Here are a few more locations that might get that effect in the coming weeks.

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Fortnite Season 3 centers around the Zero Point blessing the island with colors and the mighty Reality Tree spreading its roots across the island. The bloom effect the roots create along several POIs further result in the return of classic locations from the Chapter 1 map.

The mystery behind the flora of the Reality Tree has been revolving across fan theories, leaks and concepts created by the Fortnite player-base. Loopers are having their share of fun with looting from their Reality Saplings and seeing the return of Chapter 1 locations merging with several current POIs as a result of the Reality Bloom effect.

To summarize, when the Reality Tree spreads its roots across the island and grows an extension of itself on a POI, it causes several realities to merge, which in turn merges a POI with another from another point in time. This phenomenon is coined as Reality Bloom effect by the player community.

In the past, players have seen the return of Temple Ruins, Coral Castle and now Neo Tilted in POIs like Logjam, Butter Barn etc. that have all undergone through the Reality Bloom effect. Latest leak shows two more locations that are about to undergo a major change as the roots of the Reality Tree have just begun to spread further.

Sleepy Sound and Condo Canyon are about to undergo the “Reality Bloom Effect” soon

Two major POIs known for its expansive architecture and loot pool, Condo Canyon and Sleepy Sound are under the radar of the Reality Tree next. The two locations will soon see the extensions of the roots of the mysterious tree and will get a Reality Bloom effect.

The effect would then bring POIs such as Tilted Town, Neo Tilted, Coral Castle, Coliseum and Lazy Links to the two locations currently on the map. These POIs are a combination of Chapter 1 & 2 locations whose realities are being merged by the Reality Tree.

Although the effect does bring back fan favorite locations back into the game without any explanation, some loopers speculate that the island might be in grave danger. The mysterious figure that appeared at the end of the Chapter 3 Season 3 trailer has not been seen before and is being called as Bloomwatcher by the player base.

Furthermore, there are theories that the Zero Point might already be causing chaos around the island and the Imagined Order was right to contain it along the Bridge. Now that it is free, the island is undergoing major changes and is running wilder than before.

The mystery of the Zero Point remains as loopers continue to enjoy their time in this madness caused by the chaotic Reality Blooms across their favorite POIs. All that the players ever wanted was the Chapter 1 map to return but it isn’t turning out the way it was supposed to be.

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Fortnite Fall Guys event leaked: How to complete Crown Clash challenges

A much anticipated collab between Fortnite and Fall Guys is finally coming to the looped Battle Royale with some rewards and challenges. Here’s how you can do them.

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Fall Guys is one of the most popular Battle Royale games that went viral ever since its release due to its healthy gameplay and exciting obstacle based games. Its collaboration with Fortnite has been teased for over a year and leaks show that it is finally arriving in the form of an in-game event with challenges that offer rewards to those who participate in it.

The collaborations between Fortnite and several video games always keeps the player base at their feet as they wait for their favorite characters to enter the loop. Moreover these collabs result in either in-game items, challenges or Item Shop cosmetics that loopers do not hesitate spending their precious V-Bucks on.

From Street Fighter to God of War, players have seen characters from various franchises arrive to the Gaming Legends series of cosmetics to the Item Shop. Most recently, players saw a brief collab with Among Us cosmetics, as the game finally arrived to Epic Games store a while ago.

However, the collab only consisted of a Back Bling and an emote which was rather disappointing but fans still bought the cosmetics from the Item Shop, given the game’s popularity. Now that Fall Guys is free on Epic Games Store, the collab between the two is arriving in Fortnite with certain challenges that rewards the participants with in-game cosmetics.

How to complete Fall Guys Crown Clash Challenges in Fortnite Season 3

Fortnite x Fall Guys collab is set to enter Fortnite on June 29 in-game with the release of Crown Clash Challenges. The challenges will go on until July 11 which means players will have less than a couple weeks to complete all the challenges and claim their rewards.

Players would need to complete these challenges in 5 rounds. This might suggest that these challenges would take place in a Creative map rather than the traditional Battle Royale approach.

Loopers who complete these in Fortnite will get 5 free cosmetics right in their locker which will only be exclusive to those completing all the challenges. Moreover, if players have their Epic ID linked to their Fall Guys account, they will receive 3500 Kudos after the completion of these challenges, in their Fall Guys account to spend in-game.

However, the challenges also seem to affect the points one could get in Rocket League, as per the leaks. Although, this might be a possibility as Rocket League cars were spotted in a leak to appear soon in the Fortnite island back again.

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