Esports

Epic Games announce screen resolution rule for Fortnite World Cup and players aren’t happy

Published: 3/Apr/2019 18:53 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 10:30

by Albert Petrosyan

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Epic Games have dropped a bombshell announcement about screen resolution during the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers, and it’s caught most competitive players by surprise.

What is screen resolution and why does it matter in Fortnite?

Screen resolution is the way that the pixels on a screen are arranged, as it determines how many pixels there are both horizontally and vertically.

In recent months, a lot of competitive Fortnite players have turned to what is known as a ‘stretched resolution,’ which places a lot more pixels horizontally than the default resolution.

The reason why stretched resolution has become so prevalent is that most players contend that it is the easiest and most comfortable to use in-game, despite the fact that it’s not ideal for spectators and viewers.

Stretched resolution has become a lot more popular over the past few months, especially among competitive players.

Epic announce new screen resolution rule for competitive

On April 3, in their latest release of the Competitive Fortnite State of Development, Epic announced that in all competitive playlists, including the Arena mode, the aspect ration will be locked to 16:9. 

This means that players will no longer be able to use stretch resolution and will have to go back to the native resolution that comes default in Fortnite.

The first in-game tournament that this new change will be applied to is the upcoming $500,000 Fortnite World Cup Warmup, which is open for all players to try and qualify.

Following that, all ten weeks of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers will also be played using native screen resolution. 

Why is Epic adding in this new rule?

While Epic have not actually explained the reasoning behind this change, it seems pretty clear that they want an even playing field across the board for the upcoming 10 weeks of qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup.

Since all of the competitive modes in Fortnite are cross-platform by default, they likely want to ensure that players on PC do not have the substantial advantage of being able to use custom resolutions while console players are stuck playing native.

Players will now have to use the native resolution when playing competitive game modes.

Community reacts to new screen resolution rule

As expected, such a massive announcement has garnered a lot of attention on social media from prominent competitive players as well as popular content creators who may not always play competitively.

While most have understood the reasoning behind the change, a lot of players are confused and angered by the timing of it, since Epic had allowed stretch resolution for months and are now implementing a huge change to it less than two weeks before the World Cup qualifiers begin.

Here are the best reactions found on Twitter so far:

League of Legends

Riot Games takes LCS into “new era” with North American league rebrand

Published: 6/Jan/2021 0:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games have unveiled a league-wide rebrand for their flagship North American competition, the League of Legends Championship Series, in a bid to push the LCS into a “new era” following a number of superstar retirements.

The League of Legends rebrand includes a new purple logo, reworked on-stream overlays, and a promise from Riot Games: after the “end of an era” with nailed-on superstars like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg and Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng retiring, the LCS wants to ‘start fresh.’

That revamp comes with a new focus on the competition’s best rookies.

Team Liquid’s bot laner Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra ⁠— 2020’s Rookie of the Year ⁠— is front and center in the bright new rebrand video, as are other young stars like TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Yu and 100 Thieves’ Victor “FBI” Huang.

The league’s newly-announced 2021 rebrand also brings in two new mottos for the flagship North American competition: “Made by Many” and “All for the Game.”

The LCS brand overhaul comes just a month after Riot pulled the trigger on a number of huge changes for the League of Legends competition as well. These included scrapping the controversial Spring split, and a new preseason “Lock In” tournament.

This is the second rebrand Riot has shipped in as many weeks; League of Legends Champions Korea (the LCK) also recently underwent a similar overhaul. The Korean revamp was also touted as a “new era” for the newly-franchised LoL competition.

Now that the LCS rebrand has been ticked off, Riot is expected to begin the hunt for a single-platform broadcast deal for the North American league. Potential suitors may include YouTube, Twitch, and Fox-backed Caffeine.

The LCS rebrand has introduced a number of new mottos, including "All for the Game.”
Riot Games
The LCS rebrand has introduced a number of new mottos, including “All for the Game.”

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The LCS returns on Friday, Jan. 15 with the preseason “Lock In” tournament.