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Epic Games ‘using Fortnite’s success’ to help other developers

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Epic Games has announced $100 million in funding in addition to free online services for game developers. The support, according to Epic Games, is to give back to gamers for their immense support for Fortnite.

It’s no secret that Fortnite has made an ungodly amount of money since its launch. The game has easily beaten out the profits of other titles like Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed, Overwatch, etc. due to its free-to-play model combined with constant AAA support.

Epic Games announced at GDC 2019 that they want to give back to the gaming community and other developers. As part of this goal, Epic Games will be providing $100 million dollars in grants to developers for creative projects.

Epic MegaGrants – Make Amazing Things – via Epic Games

The initiative is called “Epic Megagrants” and will be providing grants of between $5000 to $500,000 to “strengthen creativity and innovation” in gaming development and other 3D creation. They announced this in a blog post on the Unreal Engine website.

Epic Games will choose individuals’ and teams’ projects through submissions made by the developers. Whether you are just a one-person team or looking to make a larger dev group, you can receive a grant if you have a idea/prototype worthy of one.

If you think you are creating something worthy of a Megagrant, you can submit the idea along with images, prototypes, and more at the Megagrant landpage – Epic Game Megagrants.

Free Online Services means easier player connectivity for developers – via Epic Games

As if that wasn’t already enough, Epic Games announced another program to assist developer in create quality gaming experience for gamers.

Epic will provide free Online Services for all game developers. The package is a set of free tools that are part of Epic Online Services.

The SDK for the Online Service can be downloaded right now from their developer portal. The kit currently supports Windows, Mac, and Linux, but other platforms will be supported at a later date.

Online services in gaming include everything which connects players and lets developers create matchmaking queues, leaderboards, voice comms, and more.

The Online Service launched on March 20th with the first included being “game analytics.” This tracks stuff like players counts, how many times your game has been launched, number of daily new players, and more.

The second feature is “ticketing.” This is basic system that Epic uses for Fortnite and other games to allow players to report bugs, glitches, or other problems.

Epic has promised to expand upon these services over the course of the coming year. Here’s their roadmap for Online Services (all dates are subject to change):

  • Player Data Storage – May 2019
  • Player reports – May 2019
  • Achievements, Leaderboards, and Stats – September 2019
  • Communications – October 2019
  • Overlay – October 2019
  • Parties – October 2019
  • Matchmaking – November 2019
  • Player Identity – December 2019
  • Player Inventory – December 2019

You can see the full post on the Unreal Website – Epic’s free Online Services launch for all game developers

So, why should you care about these amazing new initiatives and programs?

You should care because this means that more and more games will be able to release with fully fledged online features and money backing.

This means that wild new ideas that couldn’t find their way without financial backing can now become a reality.

Online services are one of the hardest parts of game development and setting up your own network interfacing for a game can cost extreme amounts of money.

With the new free online services from Epic Games, developers can focus on creating the best possible experience for gamers without worrying about creating a massive back-end from scratch.

These announcements along with Google’s Stadia reveal means we are quickly barreling towards…next-gen gaming. The term will return to mainstream conversation quickly in the coming months as Xbox, Playstation, and other developers begin to begin to reveal how they will utilize and compete in the next-gen of gaming.

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How to get the Dish Destroyer pickaxe in Fortnite Season 3

Another exclusive pickaxe arrives to Fortnite in Season 3 and it sure looks quite different. Here’s how you can get it.

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Dish Destroyer Pickaxe in Fortnite

The Dish Destroyer pickaxe is another free cosmetic you can get in Chapter 3 Season 3 if you haven’t already. Here’s how to get the pickaxe right into your locker.

Fortnite players sure love freebies that the developers give them away each season. From a free Refer-A-Friend skin to a slurpy back bling that you can get upon completing quests, players have faithfully completed every task that Epic has asked them to claim the free reward.

However, over the course of several seasons now, getting these freebies is starting to feel too much work to some players. Epic continues to add away free content, but players are asked to put in the work in order to claim these rewards.

This time around, there’s a new item on the block, The Dish Destroyer Pickaxe, which you can get in Fortnite now by doing a few simple steps. Here’s how you can get it in Season 3.

Get the Dish Destroyer Pickaxe in Fortnite now

Nvidia’s cloud gaming platform GeForce Now was launched earlier this year when players were able to stream Fortnite on any device if they were a member of the service. This also allowed iOS users to stream the game on their phones despite the Apple vs. Epic lawsuit.

In a recent tweet, Nvidia announced that Fortnite players will be able to redeem a free Dish Destroyer Pickaxe if they stream Fortnite on their GeForce Now enabled devices until August 4, 2022. Players who are members of the exclusive service will only be able to redeem this for free in-game.

However, in another announcement, Epic told its player base that the pickaxe is not exclusive to GeForce Now but will also be available in the Item Shop at a later date. This means that those who aren’t able to redeem the free pickaxe using their GeForce Now memberships will have a chance to buy it using V-Bucks in the Item Shop.

The cost of the pickaxe has not been revealed as of yet as players believe that it will be released once the limited window of August 4 for GeForce Now members have expired. As soon as we get any news on its Item Shop release, we’ll be sure to update this article.


GeForce Now players have had the perks of free rewards ever since the service allowed players to experience the thrill of Fortnite anywhere on their devices. Falling in line is XCloud’s gaming service which has become extremely popular amongst Xbox players.

For more, check out our guide on How to use Ice Cream cones in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite players call on Epic Games to fix Loot Chests bug in Season 3

As the latest Fortnite Season 3 update brought players a No Sweat Summer, it left a weird bug in the game where players are getting empty loot chests. Here’s the latest on that.

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Loot Chests in Fortnite

Fortnite players have finally given up on the game due to its never-ending glitches and bugs that affect their overall gameplay experience. The latest glitch in the game is teleporting chest loot to a different location, and it’s getting pretty annoying for players.

Player feedback is one of the many things Epic takes very seriously that it aims to fix in every major weekly update or minor hotfixes from time to time. Often there are times when these bugs can get pretty annoying as they affect the overall gameplay experience for the player.

Fortnite players have seen bugs ranging from being stuck under the map or taking fall damage after jumping off a launch pad. From pros to content creators, each one of them took to social media to call on the developers to “fix the game”.

However, a recent update, v21.30, left a bug that has tested the patience of every Fortnite player active this season – potentially the most annoying Fortnite bug of all time. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Fortnite bug teleports chests loots to other locations

A strange Fortnite bug that is going viral right now on social media is the Loot Chests bug. It all began when Epic added the update v21.30 and introduced players to this year’s summer event, No Sweat Summer.

The update also saw the addition of Prime Shotgun which is considered to be the best shotgun in Chapter 3. While all the additions are fascinating and exciting to the players, the bug the update left in the game is still haunting players who are failing to win a game like they used to.

The bug, as shown in the clip above, teleports the chest loot to a nearby location outside if a player opens a chest box inside a building. This is pretty annoying as it doesn’t let the player farm loot fast as they usually would while landing on a hot drop.

Players have already started uploading their clips of the loot chest bug and are calling out the game to come out and fix this issue. This bug also creates double the work for those players who like to play a fast-paced Battle Royale match.

Joining in the conversation are a few FNCS players who feel that this bug might cost them several games where they would end up losing on a major competitive level. The entire community has joined hands together to ask the developers to fix the game at the earliest.

While Fortnite has not addressed this issue on their social media handles or on the Trello board could also mean that players in higher ping regions might be the only ones experiencing the bug. However, the player base is still keeping their hopes high to get these issues fixed as soon as possible.


As bugs and glitches continue to add to several issues Fortnite is filled with, events like No Sweat Summer keep the community excited for more in-game content and freebies that they can get. The challenges for No Sweat Summer are live in-game now and players can redeem their share of rewards upon completing them.

For more, check out our article on Fortnite introducing the new Prime Shotgun in update v21.30.

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Fortnite introduces the new Prime Shotgun in update v21.30

Prime Shotgun is the latest game breaking weapon that has been added to Fortnite in v21.30. Here’s all about the new shotgun.

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Prime Shotgun in Fortnite

Prime Shotgun is another addition to Fortnite this season in terms of weaponry that has been added to the game. Here is all about the latest shotgun that was introduced in v21.30 and what players think of it.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 has been a joyride for both OG and new players alike. The new mechanics, the reality bloom spreading everywhere, and the addition of new weapons to the game have kept the community satisfied so far.

However, during the beginning of Chapter 3, the shotgun meta was deemed to be the worst shotguns the game had added to the game. The Striker Pump, Ranger, and Auto Shotguns were weapons that players had deemed incompetent to other shotguns in Fortnite.

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Much so, even the newly released Two Shot Shotgun couldn’t impress the players with its faster fire rate and damage. So, Epic decided to throw a new shotgun into the mix to seek player reactions and improve the messed-up shotguns in-game.

Prime Shotgun is the new community favorite shotgun in Fortnite

Prime Shotgun was added in the latest update v21.30 to the unvaulted weapons arsenal in Fortnite. The shotguns were the second one introduced to the player base apart from the Two-Shot shotgun.

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It holds 4 bullets in a clip and promises heavy damage on the first shot fired from a fully loaded clip. The 3 shots that follow inflict lower damage than that of the first one.

When a player reloads the shotgun, 3 blue dots appear on the gun with the red dot being the first shot being loaded. This brings back the memories of the infamous “One Shot Meta” from the OG days when the community used to perform using a Pump Shotgun.

Pros like NickEh30 sang high praise of the Prime Shotgun as the weapon contains elements of the OG pump in terms of range, accuracy, and firepower. Other pros like SypherPK & Ninja also commented their thoughts on the gun which were highly positive.

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With the recent Fortnite update, leaks have also been floating around about the No Sweat Summer and Ice Cream cone consumables that the player base can see in-game in the coming days. However, an official announcement has been made about the same on the official blog website of Fortnite.

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