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A Coin Flip Decided the Final Qualifier Spot at the PAX West Fortnite Summer Skirmish

Published: 3/Sep/2018 11:23 Updated: 3/Sep/2018 11:46

by Matt Porter


A coin flip was used to determine who won the last qualifying spot in Grand Final of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish at PAX West.

This weekend saw hundreds of competitors taking to the Battle Bus, in an attempt to qualify for Week 8 of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish. With 33 players qualifying each day, it was a tie at the bottom of the standings that grabbed everyone’s attention.

With The_Real_Cryohme and Colton both level on points in joint 33rd, a coin flip was used to determine who would take the last spot in Monday’s Grand Final, with The_Real_Cryohme winning the coin flip and progressing.

The coin flip, which was worth $5000 to the winner, was used due to Colton and Cryohme being level on all aspects. While the competition has a number tiebreakers in effect, both players were tied in Victory Royales, total eliminations and average placement so none could be used.

Spectators of the Summer Skirmish believed that 99 was the limit for players competing in the Grand Final due to the 100th spot being occupied by the Spectator Cam, however that has been confirmed to not be the case. 

Colton, however, will still not be allowed to take that last position, as Epic claim it would be unfair to the other players who placed 34th – even though none of them were actually tied for 33rd spot originally.

In the aftermath, fans felt that a coin flip was an unfair way to eliminate a player with massive amounts of money on the line. In a comment on Reddit, Esports Developer Colin ‘SkyzYn’ Fogle confirmed that while the scenario was unprecedented, Epic had “communicated the tiebreaker order repeatedly through broadcasts, rule-sets and verbally to competitors at the PAX West Summer Skirmish

Fogle also confirmed that Epic Games weren’t happy about having to use the coin flip, and stated;

Going forward we will look at some additional ways to break ties, although we are currently a bit limited. One common suggestion is various types of ‘Damage Dealt’ stats, but that stat is currently not reliable and thoroughly tested enough to determine placement.

While it’s good news that Epic intend to add additional tie-break options, this has unfortunately come too late for Colton. 


Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua banned from FNCS by Epic Games

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:44

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion David ‘aqua’ Wang has been banned by Epic Games, following controversy over alleged stream sniping against FNCS opponents.

Aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, were accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Aqua banned by Epic Games

On October 25, aqua confirmed that his account had been banned from competitive, with Epic Games simply providing the reason as “other.”

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by participating past the first match of the Finals. 

It was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy simply joked about the incident.


At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.