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Epic Games drop new hints on future of Pump Shotgun and pullout delay

Published: 31/May/2019 19:47 Updated: 31/May/2019 20:33

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have revealed new information about the future of the Pump Shotgun and shotgun pullout delay in Fortnite Battle Royale

The Pump Shotgun was one of the earliest weapons to be added in Fortnite BR, surviving for nearly eight whole seasons before being vaulted at the start of Season 9. 


The weapon was widely considered to among the most powerful in the game, especially in the competitive meta, and thus its removal caused quite a stir and outrage in the community.

In their May 31 competitive AMA on Reddit, Epic mentioned the Pump in one of their answers, dropping a hint that it could potentially return in the future.


“The Pump Shotgun is still available in Creative,” they wrote. “And always has the potential to be unvaulted.” 

Epic GamesAll rarities of the Pump Shotgun were vaulted at the start of Season 9.

What about the shotgun pullout delay?

The reason they were talking about the Pump Shotgun in the first place was because they were asked a question about the future of shotgun pullout delay in Fortnite BR.

The pullout delay was first added at the start of Season 5, in order to mitigate the effects of the ‘double Pump’ – a popular strategy that allowed players to speed up the fire rate of the Pump by switching back-and-forth between two shotguns while firing. 


With the Pump now out of the game, players are naturally curious as to whether Epic would consider decreasing or even completely removing the pullout delay.

“We’re looking into possible tuning iterations here,” Epic wrote. “The main thing we want to keep in mind is that the Pump Shotgun is still available in Creative, and always has the potential to be unvaulted, so we want to make sure that any adjustments take its unique characteristics into consideration. 

While that obviously doesn’t reveal whether or not the pullout delay will be adjusted, it does essentially inform players that Epic will either bring back the Pump from the vault, and thus keep the delay, or make adjustments to it and keep the powerful shotgun stored away from the default core modes. 


At the end of the day, as has been proven on numerous occasions, Epic usually do what they want, so players should always expect the unexpected when it comes to the popular battle royale title. 


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