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The Pros and Cons of Skill-Based Matchmaking in Fortnite

Skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite has been a topic of much debate among the community. Take a look at the argument for and against SBMM in Fortnite.



Skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite has been a topic of much debate among the community. Take a look at the argument for and against SBMM in Fortnite.

Epic recently added skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) to Fortnite, evening the playing field for both skilled and unskilled players. Now, extreme skill levels will no longer meet. Epic will keep the “sweaty” players in a lobby by themselves and the “bots” with… well… literal bots in low-level games.

There are pros and cons to the new skill-based matchmaking system, which need to be explored if Epic is considering implementing this across all modes. Let’s take a look at some of the arguments on both sides.

Pro: New player experience

The first argument for skill-based matchmaking has to be that new players will have a better experience with the game. New players and unskilled players won’t have the same trial-by-fire that they currently experience. Instead, they’ll be greeted by bots and players who haven’t been grinding Fortnite since 2017.

As much as the hardcore Fortnite players may hate it, Epic cares more about low-skilled, casual, returning, and new players more than they do about people who have been dedicated to this game for years.

They want growth, and in order for their game to grow they need to keep players pouring in. Fortnite is already the most punishing game on the market for new players. With SBMM, these players will at least have a chance to learn the game and get better without a Soccer Skin trap killing them.

Con: Skilled player experience

If the experience for the lower-skill Fortnite players improves, then the experience for the higher-skill players is going to suffer. Good players will be grouped together, which means fights will be more difficult once you start to raise your MMR (matchmaking ranking).

This is already the case in Solos. Players in the upper-levels are all turtling instantly when they get shot and tarping or tunneling when they need to move. Everyone is more hesitant to take fights. No one is a free kill anymore.

The confidence of the above-average players is at an all-time low. Someone who used to push every fight now second-guesses themselves. It’s Arena Mode without siphon or points.

Pro: No need for the BRUTE

The BRUTE is the biggest example of Epic catering to casual and low-skill players, but it’s far from the only time it has happened.

Ballers, Planes, Boom Boxes, Port-A-Forts, Junk Rifts, the Infinity Blade, the Homing Rocket – the list goes on and on. Epic repeatedly adds items, weapons, etc. in an attempt to even the playing field.

The mech was the most recent and most infuriating iteration of this, but it’s something that skill-based matchmaking could fix – at least, in theory. Epic’s argument for adding the BRUTE and keeping it in the game was that bad players were able to get more kills and have more fun. If everyone is grouped by skill, these bad players should be able to get kills without the help of a giant death machine.

Con: Queue times

Splitting the player pool based on MMR is going to make the queue times longer; there’s no getting around it. Epic is adding bots to help with the queue times in low-level play and have implemented forced cross-play to help lower queue times across the board.

As you can see from the screenshot above, that still isn’t going to be enough – especially during off-hours. A high-level player on NA East trying to game at 2 AM is going to have to wait a long time.

Short queue times have always been a strong point for Fortnite. Anyone who has played Overwatch recently knows how devastating a long queue time can be. 

More people are going to quit the game if the queue takes five minutes – that’s just a fact. Short queues are particularly important in battle royale games when you could die within seconds of landing. If that happens two or three times in a row and that player has to sit in a five-minute queue each time, they’re loading up Apex Legends.

Con: Forced cross-platform play

One of the ways Epic has lowered queue times is by implementing cross-platform play. There are now more players to draw from, which has lowered the queue time from what it would have been.

There are several problems with this, though. For starters, mobile players are playing with PC players. Their K/D, win rate, and all other stats could be the same, but it’s going to be far more difficult for a skilled mobile player to face a skilled PC player.

This is an extreme example of the problem, but it does happen. More frequently, though, PC and console players are facing off against one another, which is problematic as well. The topic of aim assist has split the community, and more cross-platform lobbies mean more toxicity on the topic of “controller aimbot.”

Aim assist aside, PC players have a massive advantage to all other platforms, and will dominate in cross-platform SBMM lobbies.

Con: Bot Hunting

Are you sick and tired of playing Arena without points or siphon? No problem! Just make another account and start playing with the bots.

Smurfing will always be a thing for games with a competitive mode. In the above post, Aydan was smurfing in Arena – not pubs. That’s going to happen, and Epic did ban him.

With SBMM, though, you can create endless accounts to get the bot hunting experience. All the bad players are in one location, now. In a low-level game, you don’t have to worry about running into someone better than you unless there’s another smurf in the lobby.

It’s impossible for Epic to keep up with and ban all of these accounts. They’re going to be there regardless, but they’ll be far more prevalent than they would be if SBMM wasn’t a mechanic

My Opinion on Skill-Based Matchmaking

I’m not a fan of skill-based matchmaking, as you can probably guess from the fact that there are more cons than pros in this article. I’ve played enough Solos to know that I don’t want this across all game modes, and I really do think it has the potential to be the death of Fortnite.

Do you still want those funny encounters and clips of streamers messing with bad players? Well, you won’t get them if SBMM takes over the whole game. 

I agreed with the idea of SBMM when it was first announced. It seemed like a logical step and a way to avoid things like the BRUTE from ever happening again. Unfortunately, after experiencing the non-stop sweat-fest that is SBMM Solos, I’ve changed my mind.

I don’t want to be on high-alert all of the time. I want to have fun and mess around – and I think a lot of people agree with that. Epic needs to strongly consider the downsides of SBMM before implementing it across all modes.

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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.



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.



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.



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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