Ali-A explains how skill-based matchmaking is "killing" Fortnite - Dexerto

Ali-A explains how skill-based matchmaking is “killing” Fortnite

Published: 9/Nov/2019 0:38 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 1:15

by Eli Becht


YouTuber Alastair ‘Fortnite is being “killed” by the implementation of skill-based matchmaking.

Near the end of Season 10, Fortnite introduced skill-based matchmaking into the mix and it has proven to be rather divisive among players.

The idea was to prevent pub stomps from the skilled players, as the newer players pretty much had no way of winning considering they don’t know how to build or hold their own with the pros.

epic gamesFortnite’s skill based matchmaking is rubbing some people the wrong way

Instead, the new players are matched up with each other so everyone has an equal chance of winning, while the good players will presumably be going again each other.

However, Ali-A thinks that the system inherently has its issues, and spoke up about them while explaining how it’s killing the game.

“Skill Based Matchmaking is the worst addition ever to Fortnite and it’s killing the game,” he began. “It’s a system that puts you with similarly skilled players in an effort to see you improve. Then when you do improve, you only go up against other players that are better.”

He explains that every game will turn into a sweat-fest with everyone trying their hardest. It’s a common complaint as it has essentially removed the casual aspect of Fortnite.

“It’s a never-ending cycling of playing sweaty games of Fortnite and I’m not a fan.”

He does make a fair point, especially for full-time content creators who make a living playing Fortnite all day. If they ever want to have a relaxing day on the stream, it becomes difficult since they will have to tryhard at nearly every moment.

Obviously, the new players are benefiting from this, but as he says, as they improve, they will continue to go against similarly skilled players, so it’ll always be a challenge.

Many players think this is what Arena mode is for and the regular lobbies should be kept casual.

Of course, Epic decided to go in a different direction and this is how things are for the time being.

At least bots are being sprinkled into matches now so not every encounter will be over-the-top difficult.

Epic said they will keep on fine-tuning the system so feedback like this from Ali-A is critical to that if they want to perfect the formula.


Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos


Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.