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You can finally spectate your friends while waiting in a lobby in Fortnite

Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a long list of new features. One of the more underrated improvements included the ability to spectate your friends while waiting in a lobby. Find out how to spectate friends in Fortnite here.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a long list of new features. One of the more underrated improvements included the ability to spectate your friends while waiting in a lobby. Find out how to spectate friends in Fortnite here.

Most video games are better with friends, and Fortnite is no exception. It can be fun to run around in solos, but a lot of players enjoy the teamwork and comradery that comes with duo and squad games.

For all of Fortnite’s life, players have had to wait in the lobby if they want to join a friend’s squad. You could queue up for your own game, but the timing of both games ending hardly ever worked out.

It seems like players have been requesting a spectate feature since Fortnite first launched. Finally, with the release of Fortnite Chapter 2, we got our wish.

You are now able to spectate your friends while you’re waiting for them to finish their match. This is just another in a long line of quality-of-life improvements that Epic added to Fortnite Chapter 2.

There are a couple of caveats to the spectator system. It’s a bit buggy, so don’t expect to load-in and start coaching right away. It will take a minute for everything to render.

You also have to make sure your friend has been in the match for at least 30 seconds. If they’re still at the starting island, you won’t be able to spectate them.

Reel in a big one!

Lastly, you’ll need to be sure that everyone in the lobby is either playing or spectating. If one other player is just sitting there, you won’t be able to spectate.

There you have it! you can now spectate your friends while you wait for them to finish.

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Fortnite Doomsday event countdown reveals Season 2 end date and time

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Fortnite now has an official countdown to the upcoming end-of-season event in-game, confirming Saturday, May 30 as the date for the Doomsday event.

Each Season of Fortnite usually tries to go out with a bang, and leaks and teases have been foreshadowing the big ‘Doomsday’ event ending Season 2.

Although data miners were able to provide their best guesses for when it would be, and what exactly will happen, the countdown now confirms it.

Appearing on May 23, exactly one week before the event is scheduled to take place, you can now see the countdown prominently in the main lobby.

The timer will end on Saturday, May 30, ready for the event to kick off at 7:05pm BST / 8:05pm CEST / 2:05pm EDT / 11:05am PDT.

What is the Doomsday Event?

While we now know when the event will take place, there still remains the question of what will happen.

The most common theory currently is that the map, or at least part of it, will flood. This is plausiblele, considering players also noticed that the underwater hatches were ‘activated’ on the same day as the countdown appeared.

Many players are convinced that there will be some kind of water theme in Chapter 2, Season 3, as the big leak a few weeks ago suggested.

This same leak also claimed that there will be a rideable shark vehicle in the next season, as well as the ability to set materials on fire.

So, the Doomsday event could be a total or partial flooding of the Fortnite map – or something else entirely. At this point, it’s impossible to say for sure. We just have to wait until Saturday, May 30.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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Fortnite patch fixes broken building exploit

Epic Games released a patch to fix the broken building exploit that allowed players to take structures while facing north.

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Exploits are a part of any competitive game but are particularly numerous in Fortnite. The building system in Fortnite is incredibly complex, meaning there will be a couple of blind spots that allow players to get an advantage.

Phasing tricks will probably always have a place in Fortnite. Players will find a way to jump into an opponent’s box, no matter how many adjustments Epic make to the system. Some exploits are far more broken than others, however.

Yesterday, we covered a broken building exploit that allowed players to take cones and floors 100% of the time. The most broken part of this exploit was how easy it was to do. All you had to do was face North. If you knew about the exploit, you could do it every time.

Obviously, this was problematic for the competitive integrity of the game. You shouldn’t have a massive advantage by facing in a particular direction. It was only a matter of time before Epic addressed this issue with a patch.

Thankfully, they worked swiftly to remedy this issue. As more creators showcased this glitch, the outcry for a fix grew louder. Only a day after the exploit became mainstream Fortnite knowledge, Epic released a patch to fix it.

Most players are happy to learn that this exploit was fixed. The only question that we have is: how many people knew about this for a long time before it was patched? Pro players could have been tight-lipped about the exploit so that they could gain an advantage over their opponents.

We wouldn’t blame players for keeping something like this to themself. It’s not their fault that it was in the game, after all. Either way, it’s out of there, now, so no one has to worry about it. Onto the next secret exploit that’s bubbling under the surface.

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