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Epic disables Fortnite Stark Robots on first day of Season 4

Published: 28/Aug/2020 2:51 Updated: 28/Aug/2020 3:02

by Brad Norton


We’re just hours into Fortnite’s Marvel-centric Season 4 update, and a major new feature has already been disabled, with Epic Games pulling Stark Robots from their battle royale’s competitive playlists.

With the start of an all-new Fortnite season comes dramatic gameplay changes as usual. Almost every fresh gameplay element this time around is based around Marvel lore. Eight iconic heroes and villains have taken over the map as the powerful forces come together to fend off Galactus.


From She-Hulk to Doctor Doom, each of these heroes are available to unlock in the Season 4 Battle Pass. However, the Marvel takeover doesn’t end there. On top of these skins, huge additions to the gameplay loop can be found across the newly updated map. There are new Mythic abilities, new mini-bosses, and plenty more.

One of the main additions to the map was Tony Stark’s very own robots. While these AI enemies dropped a new weapon at the start of the season, they’ve already been disabled. Here’s what you need to know.

Fortnite Season 4 gameplay shooting Stark Robots
Epic Games
The Stark Robots appeared at Quinjet Patrol landing sites at the start of Season 4.

Stark Robots were placed across the map at the beginning of Fortnite Season 4. These new additions would drop Stark Industries Energy Rifle upon death. However, their location was randomized every match, so there’s no predicting where they might spawn.

Not even 24 hours into the season and Epic Games made the move to yoink the new robots from Fortnite. “We’ve discovered an issue with the Stark Robots and are disabling them in competitive modes until we resolve the issue,” the Fortnite Status account tweeted on August 27.

This means that you’ll still be able to spot the powerful robots in regular playlists. But until all problems are resolved, they won’t be added back into competitive play. If you’re banking on using an Energy Rifle to beam down foes on your way to an Arena win, you’ll have to wait for now.


Fear not if you’re on the lookout for rapid XP gains at the start of the season, however. You’ll still be able to complete all of the Week One challenges – even those involving the robots – in standard modes.

Other AI foes remain in both competitive and casual playlists for the time being. So you can still expect to encounter Doctor Doom among others on the battle royale map.

Epic Games has yet to provide an ETA on when the Stark Robots will be back in the mix, so keep your eyes peeled for updates in the coming days.


How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson