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Ali-A, Nick Eh 30 & more react to new Fortnite lever action shotgun: Is it OP?

Published: 13/Jan/2021 20:42

by Tanner Pierce

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With the brand new Fortnite update, Epic Games added Lever Action Shotgun to the game and it seems to output an insane amount of base damage, dwarfing other shotguns, but it also has a questionable accuracy problem.

Every time a new weapon is added into Fortnite, it has the potential to change up the metagame a significant amount. While some never even make a mark, the community always pays attention when it happens. Because of that, all eyes are on the new Lever Action Shotgun, which was added in with the new update.

Currently, players are scrambling to find out exactly where the new gun lands compared to others not only in its class, but in the entire game. Now, we have some early reactions from some streamers and suffice to say there’s a variety of opinions right now.

On January 13, YouTuber Ali-A released a video talking about the new gun. While he initially said that the shotgun was “the best that Fortnite has ever seen” due to its high amount of base damage and quick rechamber speed, he quickly seemed to back off, stating that it actually might be a bit underpowered.

The problem comes from the fact that the spread and accuracy seems to be incredibly weak. In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, he showed that a near-point black shot on an enemy with the uncommon version only netted him three pellet hits and 32 damage, which is very weak.

That being said, the base damage of the weapon is actually higher than others in the game right now like the Tactical Shotgun, meaning that, if you can get all of the pellets to hit your target, you have the potential to deal some heavy hits.

The weaknesses of the Lever Action Shotgun, however, don’t seem to be all that detrimental for some. Twitch Streamer NickEh30 posted on Twitter that the new weapon gets his approval. In addition, during a recent stream, he also said “I like it, I like it a lot”, after winning a gunfight with it.

Streamers x2Twins also seemed to like it, stating that “the Lever Action Shotgun is kind of a demon”. The pair doesn’t seem to be too confident, however, adding “maybe?” and “we’re not sure”, signifying that more testing might have to be done before determining just how good or bad it really is.

Both NickEh30 and x2Twins reactions can be seen in a video from Daily Clip Central below.

(NickEh30’s reaction starts at 9:12 and x2Twins reactions start at 11:50 for mobile users)

All in all, while it might take some time to know the full ramifications, it seems like it’s an overall positive improvement and has a good balance. Here’s hoping that this is actually the case.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.