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Epic Games bans smurfs in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 competitive update

Published: 22/Jun/2020 23:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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Epic Games has outlined several changes coming to Fortnite with Chapter 2 Season 2 that will seriously impact the competitive integrity of upcoming tournaments.

In an official blog post, the team explained how it intends to keep Fortnite competitive and fair for everyone by banning smurfs from tournaments.

“Effective immediately, players will not be permitted to play in the same session’s tournament across multiple accounts,” Epic wrote, and further detailed how this included restarting a tournament match on a different account to gain an edge – or having multiple people play on one device.

What’s more, with some Cash Cups broken out by Arena Level, smurfing could be a major issue. As such, anyone playing on an account that has a lower level than their main will be in violation of the smurfing rules. According to Epic, this will result in a penalty on both the main and smurf accounts.

Epic Games is also ready to wield the ban hammer if need be. “If a player is caught breaking an official rule that results in a 30-day or longer competitive ban, that player will also be ineligible for the next Season’s FNCS (or other pinnacle event), regardless of competitive ban timing,” they wrote.

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Fortnite will not be tolerating smurfing.

Moving on to items, as new items are added throughout the season, there will be a two week “evaluation period,” and items will only be added to Arena and Tournament pools if they add value to competitive play.

They also explained how in some rare cases, items could be changing during the season citing the Remote Explosives as an example.

 

Finally, as part of a partnership with DreamHack, new online tournaments are in the works with the first competition being the Dreamhack Open in July. More tournaments will be coming each month until January 2021.

It will be interesting to see how the changes affect the game and how they’re received by the community.

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How to watch Fortnite’s Galactus event: Start time, leaks, location, more

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:40 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:34

by Brad Norton

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Fortnite’s hotly-anticipated Galactus event, coming soon as the Season 4 finale, is the talk of the town; from when the Marvel character will make his mark, to how you can watch it in-game, here’s everything you need to know.

A bright object in the sky has begun hurtling towards the Fortnite map, and thanks to datamining and logic, it seems only reasonable to suggest that Galactus is on his way to cause destruction.

Similar to the devastation caused by the Season 1 meteor, you would have to think that his intentions are not good. It seems we’re gearing up for a massive battle featuring every Marvel character currently in the game.

The original Fortnite meteor was first spotted a month and a half before it landed – destroying Dusty Depot – and the same type of impact appears to be on the horizon.

Fortnite Galactus event start date and time

Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.

The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.

Some leaks of the upcoming event have made their way to the internet which depicts Thor, She-Hulk, Wolverine, and Iron Man offering themselves as soldiers to fight Galactus.

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Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.

Galactus Fortnite event leaks

The event itself could see the superheroes taking on Galactus in the form of a raid. Or you could possibly have Galactus taking on the whole lobby, or a Thanos-inspired mode akin to Chapter 1.

Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.

First look at Galactus

With the use of one of the game’s sniper rifles, it’s possible for players to look through the scope, at the object in the sky, and spy him. He’s obviously been getting closer and closer over the season, but thanks to new leaks, we’ve got a better look at the figure than ever before.

It turns out there’s actually a standard sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.

Here are some datamined images of Galactus’ model, too.

The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the MCU is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.

The Fortnite tie-in will be a great way to introduce casual fans to the presence of one of the universe’s most powerful, cosmic entities.

We’ve also got a look at where Galactus is. It seems he’s positioned right about the ruins POI in-game from this screenshot from Fortnite leaker, Fevers.

Rising Out of the Water

ShiinaBR also tweeted on November 22, 2020 that Galactus has slowly begun to rise out of the water. We’ll make sure to update this article when we have a better look at this.

Lazing Device

On November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.

Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.

For more, detailed information regarding the Lazing Device, check out our dedicated article.