Controversy Brews in the $20,000 ‘Friday Fortnite’ Tournament Involving Nickmercs/SypherPK and the TSM Duo of Myth and Hamlinz

Albert Petrosyan. Last updated: Mar 28, 2019

Controversy has brewed in week three of the ‘Friday Fortnite’ $20,000 tournament involving two teams and a newly implemented rule.

A tiebreaker match between the team of ‘Nickmercs’ and ‘SypherPK’ and the Team SoloMid pro Fortnite duo of ‘Myth’ and ‘Hamlinz’ had to be replayed because SypherPK allegedly did not adhere to the new stream delay rule.

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The two teams matched up in the second round of the competition’s Winners Bracket, and since the total kill counts of both sides were even after two games, a third game had to be played.

After Nickmercs and SypherPK won the tiebreaker match and looked to move on in the bracket, Myth claimed that he had died at the hands of stream snipers and asked to make sure that SypherPK had the correct stream delay on.

New tournament rules dictate that all participants of ‘Friday Fortnite’ who are live-streaming their gameplay must have at least a two minute delay on their streams, and after a closer look, it appeared that SypherPK’s delay fell several seconds short of that.

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The tournament referee in charge initially gave Nickmercs and SypherPK the win, allowing them to proceed to their next match, in which they beat ‘Ricegum’ and FaZe Clan’s ‘SpaceLyon’ in the first game.

However, during that match, they were notified that the decision had been reversed and they had to replay their tiebreaker match against their previous opponents because of the apparent violation of the stream delay rule. 

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After a few brief moments of tension and frustration among all parties involved, Myth and Hamlinz agreed to take the loss and move to the Losers Bracket, giving Nickmercs and SypherPK the win after all.

Popular YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, who is the brains behind ‘Friday Fortnite,’ tweeted some information out about the situation.

However, it was not all good news for the winning team as the tournament officials decided to not count their previous victory in the first game of their match against Ricegum and SpaceLyon, which they had been playing when the decision to replay the tiebreaker was first announced.