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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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The 5 most hated skins in Fortnite

The Fortnite community is no fan of these skins.

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Fortnite skins have taken on a life of their own since the game came out. Back in the early days, we couldn’t imagine spending money on a free game. Now, hundreds of dollars later, we’re still padding our lockers as collectors of in-game cosmetics.

Some skins tell a lot about the player wearing them. A Peely? They’re just trying to goof around and have some fun. A Dynamo? Sweat is probably pouring onto their keyboard at all times.

Today, we’re taking a look at the most hated skins in Fortnite – the skins that elicit an immediate reaction from opponents. You better be ready for some backlash if you post a clip while wearing one of these skins.

5. Female Soccer Skins

Female Soccer Skins have been hated ever since they first came out. This might have been the first “sweaty” skin to come to Fortnite, and it remains in the category to this day. However, it’s been made available in the Item Shop quite frequently so everyone from sweats to casuals owns it.

“Soccer skin” means more than just the skin that someone is wearing, at this point. It’s a term that longtime Fortnite players will likely remember for the rest of their gaming careers. However, because of its frequent item shop appearances, it’s last on the list.

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Via: Epic Games

4. Custom Superhero Skins

These skins have cause quite a stir with players and have disrupted the competitive scene on more than one occasion. The actual name of these skins is Boundless, and they are among the most customizable skins in the game. Many players bought them for their versatility at first, but they were quickly abused by competitive players.

Players could set their skins to have an all-black or all-white color scheme which would make them harder to see. These color combos were banned from the game, but players still found a way to make their skins harder to see. This lead to these sweaty skins being banned outright in all competitive play.

3. Anime Skins

This category of skins is pretty new since “anime” skins were introduced in Chapter 2 Season 5. A bundle of anime skins was also released during Season 6 which contains some of the sweatiest and most hated Fortnite Skins.

Chigusa, Megumi, and Yuki are part of the Cyber Infiltration bundle, and Lexa was given to players who reached a certain level of the Season 5 Battle Pass. For some reason, players hate these cell-shaded skins and would rather face off against Soccer Skins.

2. Surf Witch

When we asked Twitter which skins they hated the most, a large number of responses included Surf Witch. It seems this skin is hated because it’s used by “sweats” and also because of its lackluster design.

Surf Witch’s design isn’t much different from many of the other female skins. In fact, she has a very similar design to Haze, a preexisting skin. Many players think that Surf Witch is a cheap rip off of Haze, and their hate is derived from their similarities.

1. Dynamo

Dynamo is – by far – the most hated skin in Fortnite, at the moment. If you post a clip while wearing the Dynamo skin, you’re guaranteed to see the bulk of your replies consist of something along the lines of, “Dynamo, ew.”

We’re not exactly sure why Dynamo has its status as the most hated skin in Fortnite. Perhaps, it’s because Dynamo a very sweaty skin that isn’t difficult to get. Unlike Crystal and Aura, a lot of players think Dynamo is, simply, a bad skin on top of the fact that it’s incredibly sweaty.

Whatever the reason, wearing a Dynamo skin puts a target on your back. If you hit the island wearing Dynamo, then you better be as good as the skin suggests you are.

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Does this list mean that you shouldn’t be wearing these skins in Fortnite? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of players like playing the role of an antagonist in all sorts of games. It can be fun. Wear whatever you want – these are just some of the skins that are in the community’s crosshairs at the moment. We’re sure that it will change in the future. Wear what you want and have fun!

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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Fortnite LeBron James skin: Release date, price, trailer & more

A LeBron James Fortnite skin is reportedly being added to the game during the next update, and he will come with exclusive quests.

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NBA superstar LeBron James has officially joined Fortnite’s ICON Series skin set, with two outfits coming to the Fortnite Item Shop.

During the first day of the Epic Games vs. Apple trial, multiple planned or scrapped Fortnite crossovers had been leaked. The crossover information came from a Quarterly Business Review document for Epic Games. Among these leaks were planned crossovers with Naruto, Metroid, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.

A crossover with LeBron James was also found in the court documents. The still image of LeBron James included the Icon Series logo. Players assumed a LeBron James Fortnite skin would be released during the Fortnite x NBA The Crossover event, but a set of customizable skins was released instead.

Epic Games put rumors to bed with an announcement on their official blog page on July 12, confirming the date NBA’s MVP would be arriving in the world-famous Battle Royale.

He joins a list of celebrities to now have their own character in-game, including Marshmello, Ninja, Loserfruit, and more.

When is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin coming out?

Here’s a first look at both of LeBron James’ Fortnite skins.

On July 14, 2021, LeBron James will be given his very own Fortnite Battle Royale skin, as part of the ICON Series.

How much is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin?

Fortnite ICON Series skins usually cost around 1,500 V-Bucks individually, with a price point of between 2,500 or 3,000 V-Bucks for the full bundle.

What does the King James Gear Bundle include?

  • The Lion Pickaxe 
  • Wingspan Glider
  • Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer. 

A new trailer dropped as part of the announcement, too, as seen below.

Fortnite LeBron James skin trailer

Leaks

A number of these details were revealed before Epic Games had the chance to do a full press release, too.

ShiinaBR on Twitter was the first to break the news stating: “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE THE NEXT ICON SERIES SKIN.”

HYPEX quote retweeted Shiina’s announcement with more information. They stated that the LeBron James Fortnite skin will come with an exclusive quest line called King’s Bling.

And now LeBron James will be added to the game right before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

For basketball fans, this is an exciting addition to Fortnite. Not only can players equip their own custom basketball skins, but now they can play as one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Let us know down below if you are excited about the collab and if you plan to purchase the LeBron James Fortnite skin.

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