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Ali-A explains how Epic can stop “killing” Fortnite

Published: 21/Apr/2020 0:14 Updated: 21/Apr/2020 0:21

by Alan Bernal


Fortnite Chapter 2 has been a crowd-pleaser for the most part, but popular YouTuber Ali-A released a lengthy video detailing how the devs could improve the battle royale.

One of the biggest complaints from Fortnite content creators, pros, and community members alike has been the Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) system implemented in the game’s multiplayer.


SBMM pairs players of similar skill level in the same lobby. While this sounds great on paper, the lackluster execution has been creating situations where Fortnite games are wildly competitive, even in casual environments – taking some of the joy that the battle royale offered, according to Ali-A.

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A lot has changed in Fortnite and, for the most part, it’s been great. Ali-A has ideas how to improve it.

“Ultimately, for some people it [SBMM] was great, generally the bad players,” Ali said. “For the better players, it was putting them in skill lobbies where the skill is more even. It generally made content creations a lot harder and generally makes the mood of the game a lot more dull.”


To drive his point, the YouTuber pointed out that the random fun in matches from Fortnite’s early months aren’t as prevalent. It’s at the point where it’s “almost impossible” for casual players to hop in and get that “odd win,” he explained.

While people were still getting the hang of the game and how it works at that time, it’s more about the kind of firefights that would randomly pop up – creating a hectic gaming experience filled with unexpected thrills.

Ever since SBMM came into the game, these instances have been far and few between for a lot of Fortnite community members.


The effects of the changes have been putting off people from the shooter, and, as a result, souring the experience for the people left playing.

“If Fortnite aren’t careful, this implementation of SBMM will just slowly kill the whole community even more,” Ali-A said.

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SBMM made matches a lot more intense in Fortnite.

The longtime Fortnite content creator is a staunch supporter of the game and as such explained a variety of ways that Epic Games can go about improving their battle royale.


This included revamping the ‘Fun Factor’ that Fortnite was iconic for. Items like Port-a-Fort weren’t perfect, but they offered that bizarre sort of enjoyment that was part competitive, part campy humor.

Along with the changes Epic has made over the years, some of the fun factor has diminished, the YouTuber says, so bringing back certain items and weapons could help restore that.

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Even though items like Port-A-Fort weren’t ideal for Fortnite competitive, it was a blast to have a random fortress appear anywhere.

As for the recurring changes the Fortnite typically have, Epic Games knocked it out of the park in Chapter 1 with the various patch notes and updates they launched.

Ali-A was impressed with the amount of content week-in-week-out that Fortnite used to release. While that amount of content is realistic anymore, he thinks Epic needs to roll out with a “consistent pace” of exciting additions to the Fortnite map to keep things interesting.

One of the biggest criticisms that the developers have faced since the release of Chapter 2 is their inconsistent approach to updates and patch notes, so going back to the pattern they established in Chapter 1 could be a solid move.

All in all, bringing Fortnite back to its heydey doesn’t come down to a single miraculous change. Instead, Epic Games will have to strategize and figure out what approach will yield them the most positive feedback moving forward.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.