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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Aug 16, 2019 at 06:21. 4 comments

Epic Says The Mech Was Added So More Players Can Win A Fortnite Match

Epic Says The Mech Was Added So More Players Can Win A Fortnite Match

Fortnite’s giant mechanical Brutes have been contentious among players since they arrived at the start of Season 10. Players have been calling for them to be removed from the game, or at least from competitive play. Today, developer Epic responded to the calls to remove the mechs. Fortnite seems to be keeping them, because according to Epic, they give more players a chance at a victory...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Aug 14, 2019 at 22:43. 17 comments

Why Players Are Mad About Fortnite Selling A Dog [Update: Dog Will Be Refunded]

Why Players Are Mad About Fortnite Selling A Dog [Update: Dog Will Be Refunded]

The latest batch of cosmetics for sale in Fortnite’s item shop seems to feature a familiar furry face. For 1000 V-Bucks, players can get Gunner, a wearable pet that looks awfully similar to Bonesy, a wearable pet from season 6.

Bonesy was one of the first pets Epic released for Fortnite, as part of the season 6 battle pass. The basic version was tan, with unlockable styles that could make the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 12, 2019 at 12:01. 20 comments

Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live On Stream

Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live On Stream

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, the newly-crowned 16 year-old Fortnite World Cup solo champion , was playing the game in a stream last night when his home was “swatted.”

Bugha Wins Fortnite World Cup Solo Finals

Fortnite player Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won the World Cup Solo finals today. The 16-year-old North…

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Because he streaming live on Twitch, we’ve got video recorded at the time the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 12, 2019 at 06:38. 20 comments

Ninja Understandably Upset That His Old Twitch Channel Was Promoting A Porn Stream [Update]

Ninja Understandably Upset That His Old Twitch Channel Was Promoting A Porn Stream [Update]

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who recently left his 14 million-follower Twitch account behind to go and stream on rival platform Mixer , has issued a statement labelled “disgusted and so sorry” today after that now-dormant account—which he no longer operates—was promoting streams from other users, including one broadcasting pornography.

Ninja obviously has no control over that Twitch landing page...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Aug 10, 2019. 9 comments

Fortnite's Unpopular Mechs Will Stay In Competitive Play [Updated]

Fortnite's Unpopular Mechs Will Stay In Competitive Play [Updated]

Fortnite’s giant mechs, called Brutes , have been an unpopular addition to the game’s season 10. In a blog post today, developer Epic announced that the mechs will be staying in the game’s competitive mode, but with a tweak. Many players still don’t feel that tweak is enough.

Some Fortnite players believe the Brutes are overpowered, given their high health and ability to destroy buildings and...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 09, 2019. 12 comments

The Top Streamers On Twitch Now That Ninja's Gone

The Top Streamers On Twitch Now That Ninja's Gone

Last week , Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, much like his namesake, crept out of the figurative building—flanked on all sides by fanfare, cascading grey-blue mountains of Red Bull, and ill-considered jokes . Soon, he made his presence known under a different roof: Mixer, Microsoft’s competitor to Twitch. Blevins has left behind a void. The question is, who will fill it?

The answer, in the short term,...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Aug 09, 2019. 1 comments

Fortnite Is All About The Kids (And The Aesthetics)

Fortnite Is All About The Kids (And The Aesthetics)

The Fortnite World Cup was packed with young faces, both attendees and competitors. Unlike many other esport events, this one had a kid-friendly, earnest vibe that dovetailed well with the chaotic playground atmosphere of Fortnite. Kotaku editor-at-large Riley MacLeod came on Kotaku Splitscreen this week to talk about his coverage of the Fortnite World Cup and the game’s competitive...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Aug 02, 2019.

Mechs Are The Latest Shiny Toy Shaking Up Fortnite's Players

Mechs Are The Latest Shiny Toy Shaking Up Fortnite's Players

Fortnite’s Season 10 launched this morning . Besides bringing back past location Dusty Depot and changing up the battle pass, the new season added mechs to the game. The mechs require two players to pilot, and they look big and dangerous. They’re probably a lot of fun to play, though I wouldn’t know—they keep wrecking me before I can get into them.

The new mechs, called B.R.U.T.E.S, appear at...

Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Aug 01, 2019.

It Sure Is Tough To Be A Titanfall Fan Right Now

It Sure Is Tough To Be A Titanfall Fan Right Now

On Thursday morning, Titanfall was trending on Twitter in the U.S.—not because anything remotely Titanfall related actually happened, but because Fortnite’s new season added mechs .

It’s a hard comparison to resist, now that Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is running its own battle royale game in Apex Legends—a game that feels an awful lot like Titanfall 2, just without the series’...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 01, 2019.

Fortnite Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs)

Fortnite Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs)

The new season of Fortnite started earlier today and brought a new round of surprise changes. The most titanic one to drop? A new two-player mech called the B.R.U.T.E.

The new vehicle is showcased in a trailer for Fortnite Season 10 (or X, as they’re calling it).

An official blog post outlining the seasonal changes to Fortnite Battle Royale and the game’s other modes. It promotes the...

Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 30, 2019.

The Fortnite World Cup Was A Kids' Paradise

The Fortnite World Cup Was A Kids' Paradise

The people who filled Queens, New York’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium for this weekend’s Fortnite World Cup were people who love Fortnite, or at least those people and their parents. The bulk of the attendees I saw were young kids, swimming in soccer shorts and baggy Fortnite t-shirts. They performed the game’s emote dances. They played miniature golf holes designed after in-game icons like the...

Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 29, 2019. 6 comments

Fortnite World Cup Players Who Didn't Score Have A Sense Of Humor About It

Fortnite World Cup Players Who Didn't Score Have A Sense Of Humor About It

The point spread at today’s Fortnite World Cup Solo finals was massive, with winner Bugha scoring 26 points more than second place finisher Psalm. But not everyone can win: Four players came away with zero points, but—at least on Twitter—they were good sports about it.

All of today’s 100 Solo finals competitors are immensely skilled players, and even those who came in last went home with at...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 28, 2019. 6 comments

Nyhrox and Aqua Win Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals

Nyhrox and Aqua Win Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals

Fortnite duo Nyhrox and Aqua won today’s World Cup Duos finals. The European pair scored 51 points and splits a prize pool of $3 million.

The competition took place today in New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, with 50 teams from across North America East, West, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Brazil facing off. NA East players Zayt and Saf led the standings through most of the finals’ six games,...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 26, 2019. 11 comments

The $30 Million Fortnite World Cup Kicks Off Today

The $30 Million Fortnite World Cup Kicks Off Today

The event that competitive Fortnite players have been waiting for finally gets underway today at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Hundreds of pros will be present at the three-day Fortnite World Cup, and thousands or millions more will be watching. When all is said and done a few will end up a whole lot richer.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET. Nobody...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 21, 2019. 16 comments

Fortnite's Giant Monster And Robot Finally Fought

Fortnite's Giant Monster And Robot Finally Fought

Today was the long-awaited battle between Fortnite’s giant monster, Cattus, and giant robot, Doggus. It was pretty much what players expected, but it sure was dramatic.

In the only available mode, The Final Showdown, players saw Cattus appear from the water and Doggus pull free of his perch in Pressure Plant. Cattus attacked the vault, which was the site of last season’s big event. He was...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 20, 2019. 5 comments

Fortnite Leakers Band Together To Swear Off Spoiling This Weekend's Big Event

Fortnite Leakers Band Together To Swear Off Spoiling This Weekend's Big Event

In these days of rampant data mining, few things are ever truly surprises. Even Fortnite’s seemingly endless parade of (often literal) bashes isn’t immune, with big moments like the Tilted-Towers-leveling Vault event getting spoiled before players could experience them firsthand. This weekend, though, longtime leakers—people with the word “leak” front and center in their handles—have decided...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 10, 2019.

Middle Eastern Fortnite Players Start Massive Protest For Dedicated Servers

Middle Eastern <i>Fortnite </i>Players Start Massive Protest For Dedicated Servers

Alaa “DvLZStaTioN” Ebrahim has been missing his sniper shots. The popular Fortnite YouTuber, who has three million subscribers, says it’s not his fault. Nor are the times when his opponents’ shots hit him even as he moves away from the rain of bullets. Ebrahim, who lives in Bahrain, a small island country in the Middle East, thinks an unfair hand has been dealt to him and the millions of...

Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 09, 2019. 4 comments

Fortnite Developers Say They'll Make The New Rubber Duck Challenge Easier [Updated]

Fortnite Developers Say They'll Make The New Rubber Duck Challenge Easier [Updated]

Fortnite’s 14 Days of Summer event includes daily challenges for rewards. A recent challenge for day 13 of 14 involves searching for a tiny rubber duck in a corner of the game’s map. Yesterday, developer Epic announced they’ll be adjusting the challenge because it’s too hard.

For the challenge, clues on a loading screen direct players to a bathtub in Paradise Palms, where they can find a small...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 29, 2019. 3 comments

The Race To Have The Biggest Prize Pool In Esports History

The Race To Have The Biggest Prize Pool In Esports History

When Epic Games announced $30 million in prize money for this July’s Fortnite World Cup, it seemed set to be the largest ever for an esports event. That increasingly looks like it might no longer end up being the case, thanks to Valve’s Dota 2.

The International 2019, the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, will take place in August. Already, its prize pool looks set to break last year’s...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 26, 2019. 21 comments

Wall Street Journal Fortnite Column Instantly Turns Into Meme

Wall Street Journal Fortnite Column Instantly Turns Into Meme

“Fortnite doesn’t hold a candle to my boyhood games of ‘fort night,’” reads the subhead for a recent column at the Wall Street Journal. In it, Charlotte, North Carolina attorney Mike Kerrigan laments that his kids don’t do the same sorts of things for fun that he used to when he was their age. To make his argument, Kerrigan takes Fortnite’s name very literally, and the internet is having fun...

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