With the announcement of Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer being hired by Epic Games, we have to wonder what that could mean for Fortnite esports.
The Overwatch League is one of the most ambitious esports undertakings ever.
Expansion slots for the second season went for upwards of $40 million as a host of new teams joined.
The OWL is unique because it is operating under a city-based structure where teams are run by organizations but are ultimately separate entitles.
By 2020, the goal is to have all OWL teams play in their home stadiums.
Nate has been leading the charge on a lot of that. On Friday, May 24th it was announced he has been hired by Epic Games.
His official role hasn’t been announced, but if Epic offered him enough money to leave his spot in the OWL, he has to be entering a senior leadership role for Fortnite esports.
Quick note, it has been speculated that Nanzer has been brought on to help with Rocket League, but in the official announcement he specifically says Fortnite. As the flagship title for Epic, most popular game with a disorganized esports scene, it makes more sense for him to be working on Fortnite anyway.
Who is Nate Nanzer?
He’s an executive who has been working in market research firms in the games sector since the 90s. He spent eight years apiece at two different firms before joining Blizzard in 2014.
He was put in charge of Overwatch Esports before the league began, and then was named commissioner of the league before the first season.
Besides Jeff Kaplan, he has been the Blizzard executive most associated with Overwatch esports. His work developed the Overwatch League and brought in those huge investments from traditional sports owners like Robert Kraft, Stan Kroenke and Jeff Wilpon.
He’s been focused on the gaming world for a long time and has proven he is able to build up an esports ecosystem, basically from scratch.
What can Nate Nanzer do for Fortnite?
Right now that is the main thing missing from Fortnite esports. Epic has experimented with a wide variety of events in the ten months since they began the Summer Skirmish.
Each one looked a bit different, used different scoring systems and formats, had different ways to qualify.
What Nanzer can do is create a formal structure for Fortnite esports. He will have two months as they are fully committed to the World Cup, then whatever his plans are will be announced.
If you look at the biggest esports in the world they have set times for flagship events. League of Legends Worlds happens in the early fall, Overwatch League finals happen in the summer, Dota 2’s The International is every august and CS:GO’s IEM Katowice is at the beginning of march.
Fortnite needs that structure. They need clear ways to qualify for events and a solid scoring structure that makes sense and is easy to follow.
Battle royales have a lot of issues for esports that games like Overwatch do not. Head to head games are simple while Fortnite needs to use some combination of kills and placement to determine the best players.
Nanzer will have two months to figure out the best way to cement Fortnite esports for the future.
What Fortnite esports could look like under Nate Nanzer
Now we are going to try to figure out some ways Nanzer could accomplish a formalized Fortnite league.
To start, they need to separate competitive and casual playlists. This has been the case for a long time, and it isn’t immediately clear why it hasn’t happened already.
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Have one team balance the competitive game and have one team work on making the main mode the most fun it can be. That provides the solutions Fortnite needs, but for some reason it hasn’t happened.
Regardless of that, let’s look at possible league structures.
The best example of a battle royale league is in PUBG. While not as popular as Fortnite in America, PUBG is still the battle royale of choice in Asia.
They structure of “PUBG Global Esports” resembles League of Legends in many ways.
They hold regional competitions in America, Europe, Korea, Japan, China and Chinese Taipei. Teams compete amongst themselves, getting together for global events after each of the three phases.
Scoring is tracked on a cumulative leaderboard, if you are familiar with racing events it is similar to that. Each week, all 16 teams drop in together, and the points earned through kills and placement go towards the overall leaderboard.
Top teams after each phase get invited to the global events and the bottom teams have to fight to not get relegated.
PUBG wasn’t the first to use this type of league, that was actually the now-defunct H1Z1 Pro League. They pioneered the use of the cumulative leaderboard taking place over an extended period of time.
The benefit of that is that as more weeks are held, the more skilled players rise to the top of the pack.
H1Z1 also had a unique scoring system, and one I really enjoyed.
Instead of having placements give a set amount of points, they became a multiplier for kills.
In Fortnite terms, that means someone in a Baller all game who finishes in fifth place receives no points if they don’t get a kill.
On the other hand, a squad that goes aggro and gets 20 kills total but finishes in eleventh would get no multiplier but still have 20 points.
In the H1Z1 Pro League, first place got 2x their kills, 2nd through 5th got 1.5x, 6th through tenth got 1.25x and 11th through 16th got no multiplier.
This model would have to be adapted for Fortnite, but provides an interesting mix of strategy and aggression.
The other interesting detail between the H1Z1 Pro League, PUBG Global Esports, and Fortnite is that the first two are squad based.
Fortnite on the other hand has focused on duo and solo competitions almost exclusively.
It would be interesting to see if that changes under Nate Nanzer and Fortnite pushes towards a model more similar to those other battle royale titles. The consistency of it makes a lot of sense, and having slots in the league makes organizations more willing to invest in their Fortnite players.
Fortnite adds new movement mechanics to Save The World with v21.20 update
Finally Epic Games have added major updates to its PvE Save The World campaign with the latest v21.20 update. Here’s the latest on that.
After a long time finally, Fortnite’s PvE campaign Save the World receives major updates with v21.20 and players cannot be happier. It has been almost a year since the game received an update with the latest game mechanics and things are looking good for the game mode more than ever.
Save The World campaign has been around in Fortnite ever since its initial days. Some OG players would say that the game mode itself was the actual Fortnite and still is due to its originality in the storyline and the classic graphics it boasts.
During Chapter 2 of the Battle Royale game mode, players slowly parted ways with Save The World, once it came out of Early Access and was accessible to anyone who bought a special cosmetic pack from the Item Shop. As a result, Epic also stopped updating the game mode with the latest mechanics and features and instead shifted its focus to Battle Royale.
But ever since the launch of Chapter 3, when Epic decided to add animals to the PvE campaign, players were hoping to finally get some latest Sprint, Mantle, and Crouch mechanics to the game mode soon enough. Looks like the day has finally arrived and Epic has indeed added some major updates to the game mode.
Epic adds new Movement Mechanics to Save The World in the latest update
Save The World game mode has just received a major update in the form of the latest movement mechanics as Sprinting, Sliding, Mantling, Crouching, and Shoulder Bashing Doors gets added to it. Now players can use the latest movement mechanics they have been using in Battle Royale game mode in Save The World and fight the Husk Monsters in their own unique way.
Fortnite also posted some clips on their official blog alongside the Homebase Status report v21.20 of how players can use the Ninja hero in their loadout and climb greater heights by combining the mantle feature with a double jump.
In addition to these features, Epic also added Fennix as the next hero to enter the PvE campaign and has given a dedicated questline called Flight of the Fennix to the character. Players can now jump in the game and complete quests linked to Fennix to acquire the hero in their loadout and use its ferocious powers to Save The World.
As Epic continues to improve the stability of its Battle Royale and Creative game modes, it is surely pleasing to see that finally Save The World is receiving a similar treatment with major changes being made to improve its gameplay experience. Nevertheless, the player base speculates in the coming days the PvE will also receive the popular Overshield feature as they experience in Zero Build as well as some new weapons added to their loadout.
What are Social Tags in Fortnite Season 3 and how to use them?
Social Tags are finally here in Fortnite and players can connect with random players across the world based on their preferences. Here’s how you can use them.
Fortnite Season 3 has introduced players to several new features, a new UI and a more colorful island to drop in. One of these most awaited and heavily rumored features was Social Tags. Now that it’s finally here, players are loving how it adds their in-game personality to their profile.
Loopers are enjoying every bit about the latest Chapter 3 Season 3. From ballers, exciting new POIs, the brand new Reality Sapling loot system, all the new additions accompany one another in a perfect manner.
However, the user interface options in Fortnite have stayed stagnant for a long period of time and required a major overhaul with the evolution of the gameplay. With the addition of Explore and game playlists options earlier this year, Epic showed its player base about the potential of what Fortnite can be.
In addition to all these features, something felt missing that allowed players to connect with other active players who have similar interests and the way they play Fortnite. Enter Social Tags which were added in the most recent v21.10 update. Here’s what they are and how you can use them.
Use Social Tags to define your choices and find similar players in Fortnite
Social Tags in Fortnite are basically name tags you can add to your Fortnite profile on the sidebar section. These tags signify how you play Fortnite and you can get recommendations on the Explore Menu of similar experiences.
If you enjoy a certain Battle Royale or Creative mode, you can add a tag for it. One player at max, can add 3 tags to their profile. It could be a mix of Creative, Battle Royale which bbasically have gameplay modes and Miscellaneous which has more options like Chill, Quests, Mic On etc.
To apply Social Tags to your profile, do the following steps:
- Click on your profile icon in the left sidebar.
- Select +Add Tag option on your profile.
- Add social tags from the list available there.
- Save and confirm the selected tags. (Max 3)
Once assigned, they will show up on your profile and would tell others how you choose to play Fortnite. Furthermore, you can head to Looking For A Party option on the left sidebar, right above settings to search for random players who play Fortnite the way you do.
It will then show a list of players who are active currently in-game and are in the lobby with how many players. Moreover, you can send them a party invite or a request to join your party. You can also choose to turn off this option.
This feature promotes healthy connectivity between players who play Fortnite in a similar way and helps prevent toxicity between Casuals and Sweats in the game. Additionally, it creates a healthy divide between the two communities if one enjoys grinding Arenas while others purely enjoy Public matches.
How to get the Skate Park Royalty STW pack in Fortnite Season 3
New Season, New Save The World pack hits the Item Shop. Here’s how you can get it.
Fortnite’s seasonal Save The World packs always offer a great cosmetic item, a bunch of V-Bucks and access to the exclusive PVE campaign that OG players still love. This season brings a fresh cosmetic Skate Park Royalty pack to the shop and loopers are digging it’s vibe.
Ever since Save The World came out of Early Access, it has been fairly accessible to all players alike as it comes along with a separate item shop pack which not only offers the game, but rewards that loopers can use in Battle Royale modes as well. Gone are the days when upon purchasing a STW pack used to give daily V-Bucks to players and Bonus Quests where they could farm V-Bucks.
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As some would say the game mode is nearly dead, Fortnite keeps updating its world every once in a while and keeps on fixing its issues so it stays intact with its niche community of players. From adding animals to the game to introducing new Loot Llamas, Epic has been putting in the work to keep the game alive while they can.
However, the only thing about the mode that attracts the player base is the bonus cosmetics and V-Bucks a player gets upon purchasing the game mode. With the launch of Season 3, where the island is colorful and loopers are vibing, a skater appears in the latest STW pack.
Fortnite releases Skate Park Royalty Pack to Season 3
Fortnite announced the latest Save The World pack this season named Skate Park Royalty Pack. The pack includes cosmetics like the Toni outfit, Ollie Oop Backbling, Inline Impacter Pickaxe which are all skate themed.
Moreover, the pack rewards the players with an exclusive access to Save the World PVE Campaign as well as a whopping 1500 V-Bucks to use across all game modes. However, the price of the pack is $15.99 USD (US) | £12.99 Pound Sterling (UK) .
Loopers can purchase this pack from Epic Games Store or the Fortnite Item Shop. The pack received positive reviews from the player base and pros who are regular buyers of STW packs and stands its reputation alongside Metal Team Leader and more OG STW skins.
However, the future seems bright for Save the World players as features like Gyro and Flick Stick and Vault/Sprint are yet to be added to the game, which might be a possibility soon. Although more will be revealed later this season as the first update v21.10 drops today.
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