Fortnite: Epic Games announce how they will replace ineligible Winter Royale qualifiers - Dexerto

Fortnite: Epic Games announce how they will replace ineligible Winter Royale qualifiers

Published: 27/Nov/2018 18:48 Updated: 27/Nov/2018 18:55

by Wyatt Donigan


While only 200 players each from North America and Europe made the cut after Fortnite’s Winter Royale qualifiers, it looks like there may be some hope for those who fell just short.

The Winter Royale qualifiers took place over the course of two days on November 24 and 25 as players competed using the in-game tournament system to rack up enough points to qualify.

Despite the majority of players not making the initial cut, Epic Games Esports Coordinator Matt Layman announced some good news for such players on November 27.

In a series of Tweets, Layman confirmed that there will be alternates and substitutes invited to the Winter Royale Finals in the event that someone in the Top 200 fails to show up.

Given that the Winter Royale was announced without much notice, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see some players unable to compete due to prior commitments made.

While Layman did confirm that emails were sent out to players outside of the Top 200, he also clarified that simply receiving such an email will not guarantee your entry to the Finals.

“For clarity: If you receive an email, but are outside the top 200 – you are considered an alternate. Depending on the eligibility survey, you may be moved into the top 200,” Layman wrote in a follow-up to the original Tweet.

One of the main eligibility requirements for the Winter Royale is that players must be 16 years of age or older by November 29, 2018.

Epic GamesFortnite’s Winter Royale features a $1 million prize pool spread out across North America and Europe.

As long as alternates meet the age requirement, in addition to the other eligibility survey criteria, they could very well be on their way to competing for the $1 million prize pool.

This will hopefully be a small solace for players who had to battle through the frantic qualifiers that were rife with hackers from start to finish.


Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.


As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.


While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.