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BRUTES meet explosive end with new Fortnite “virus”

Published: 25/Sep/2019 22:35 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 1:26

by Alan Bernal


The Fortnite community will rejoice now that the devs are finally getting rid of the infamous BRUTE mechs with the help of a new “virus”, presumably from the Visitor. 

Epic Games has been receiving major backlash in the game since Season X introduced new elements to the battle royale’s formula. While the Fortnite devs initially stood their ground on the BRUTES, they eventually caved to popular demands by slowly taking the bots out of the game.


Now it looks like the devs are now poking fun at themselves as the events of Season X are starting to see the mechs crash and burn upon their arrival to the battle royale island, much like their reception when they were first introduced to the Fortnite community.

Epic GamesThe BRUTE mechs have been causing players a ton of grief in Season X.

Various clips from community members are showing what some have been hoping for since the start of the tenth season, which is the quick elimination of the BRUTE mechs.


BRUTEs routinely rocket down from the sky when they spawn in the game, but it seems like the effects of the v10.40 patch is destroying them on impact.

Brutes are now being destroyed immediately as they land from r/FortNiteBR

While players have been having an immediate positive outlook on the update, lore enthusiasts are speculating that the devs are weaving the new development into Season 10’s story.

“People are saying that BRUTES are exploding upon landing on the ground,” user ‘worrywirt’ said. “What if it’s not a bug? What if the Visitor is causing the BRUTES to explode upon entering the map?”


via worrywirt RedditScreenshot of the virus infesting BRUTE mechs.

A previously leaked file for the game showing a “virus” inside of the BRUTE mech’s system are reportedly showing up on the TV screens in Dusty Depot.

The Visitor’s intentions and how they figure into Fortnite’s story is still unknown, but it seems like they will at least clean up a major nuisance plaguing the battle royale.

Even though the BRUTEs don’t look like they’ll cause players many problems, the explosion can still harm people, as one person noted: “And here I thought I just had a really, really strong head when one landed on me and exploded (left me at 1HP lmao).”


With the BRUTEs slowly getting phased out of the game, it seems like Season X will still have plenty of surprises in store for Fortnite players.


How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson