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What Epic needs to do for Fortnite Pros to stay after the World Cup



Fortnite World Cup

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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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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