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Certain Fortnite usernames are now crashing the game

Published: 20/Jul/2020 16:01

by Connor Bennett


Fortnite players have been running into a strange bug that causes the battle royale to freeze and glitch if they eliminate a player who uses a certain letter or number in their name.

Even though Fortnite is pretty much the mack daddy of battle royales, that doesn’t mean Epic Games have a perfect game. The developers have done a stellar job at plugging holes and fixing issues, but there are still some lingering problems. 


Players have constantly run into problems with the servers, a lot of them disagree with the current content that is in season three – be that because of the Mauraders or Sharks – and the teleporting whirlpools don’t currently work.

However, some players have been encountering a frustrating problem that hasn’t been too big of an issue in previous seasons and actually probably needs to be seen to be believed.

Fortnite Whirlpool at Fortilla POI
Epic Games
Whirlpools are currently disabled in Fortnite as one of the game’s current problems.

The problem was flagged by Reddit user hobleyyy, who noted that if you kill a player who has a symbol, letter or number in their Epic Games username, your game will freeze and bug out after the elimination.

The Redditor even showed a video displaying highlights where, as they eliminated players who had a symbol in their name, the game quickly stuttered before returning back to normal a few seconds letter.

Dying or Killing someone with a Chinese letter in their name can cause your game to hitch/freeze from FortniteCompetitive

As hobleyyy showed, it wasn’t just a one-time issue, as it happened to them multiple times. The Fortnite player even noted that they’ve run into the problem in previous seasons, but Epic hasn’t fixed it just yet.


Other players even testified to having the bug hamper them as well. “Had that too, yesterday I was wondering, he had a name with only Chinese letters and it freezed for like 10 seconds, commented Clemibeast.

Given that the problem lies with a player’s username, it probably is something for Epic to investigate in order to stop it becoming a hugely widespread issue that ruins games completely. 

Wheter or not they will do so anytime soon, however, is unknown given that they’ve got a set of problems already lined up for fixes in the coming v13.30 patch.


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.

Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
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)
Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
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.