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Almost 300,000 Fortnite fans vote on state of controversial update in Ninja poll



Fortnite’s v8.20 update is catching a lot of flak from the game’s player base, including popular Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who created a divisive poll on the subject via Twitter – with a landslide result.

Ninja’s poll, created on March 30, asked players if they would rather Epic Games revert the state of Fortnite before its latest v8.20 update or keep the changes, instead.

“Regarding the latest Fortnite patch… revert or don’t revert,” Ninja wrote. “If you vote don’t, please reply why.”

While many players have bemoaned the update, the votes in favor of reverting the change were nothing short of overwhelming – over 270,000 users voted to roll back the patch, making up 87% of voters, as opposed to 13% in favor of keeping the update.

Arguments for keeping the update were largely related to Fortnite’s long-term sustainability, with some fans arguing that Epic needs to implement big changes in order to keep the game fresh.

“A gaming company… can’t evolve if it doesn’t come up with new and innovative ways to play the game,” one user argued. “It develops to make the player play more to be better than they were.”

Epic Games unrolled their controversial patch on March 27, introducing a brand new poison trap, Ranked Arena mode, and a slew of bug fixes – as well as removing a popular feature where players would gain 50 health or shield as a reward for every recorded elimination.

Fortnite’s v8.20 update has received mass backlash across the game’s player base, with the likes of Ninja creating a hugely popular poll asking for Epic Games to revert the change.

The removal of this feature, alongside lowering the amount of materials dropped from eliminated players, incited a wave of backlash from the Fortnite community.

“One day game developers will realize that you can’t protect noobs from getting bopped,” TSM’s Daequan said of the issue on Twitter. “You add ranked, people will smurf. You separate casual and ranked, ppl will just go bot farm in casuals. You try to change game mechanics to save them, you ruin your game.”

Ninja himself even branded the game as “boring” following the patch, going on to play UNO with popular Twitch streamers Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and Tim ‘TimTheTatMan’ Bertar over playing duos in Fortnite. Boring now that you have to acutally fight a littler harder to stay alive? Yeah.. doesn’t really make much sense.

Commentator and streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop had a similar take on the title, thrashing the changes in a hilarious Tweet where he claimed that he had a nightmare about Epic’s update.

While Epic have yet to speak out on the backlash, they confirmed a new, mini-battle royale mode for the title, although no date for this addition has been revealed.

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Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far




The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.

Leaked Map Stages

All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.

Leaked Quest Voice Line

Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.

A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:

“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”

Doomsday Landmark

According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.

Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.

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Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25




In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.

Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.

We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.

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Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon




Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.

Re-added Item Shop Sections:

  • S.T.A.R.S. Team
  • El Chapulín Colorado
  • Wu Wear (new)

Removed Item Shop Sections:

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe Kim
  • Cobra Kai
  • Jordan
  • Turn The Music Up

The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.

We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.

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