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EU Fortnite players angry about North American bias in Secret Skirmish

Published: 22/Jan/2019 15:22 Updated: 22/Jan/2019 17:30

by Calum Patterson


Competitive Fortnite players residing outside of North America appear to be at a significant disadvantage compared to their counterparts across the Atlantic, as the first Secret Skirmish invitees are revealed.

The Secret Skirmish is Epic Games third ‘Skirmish’ series, boasting a $500,000 prize pool, as the final precursor tournament ahead of the Fortnite World Cup later in 2019.

Details about the tournament were first announced on January 18, stating that it will include “top players from each Open Fortnite competition held so far.”

The Secret Skirmish is a two day invitational tournament.

Beginning on February 14, the tournament will last only two days, unlike the multiple-week series of the Summer and Fall Skirmishes.

Despite its short run time though, there is still a massive $500,000 in prize money up for grabs, but the list of invited players (so far) shows very little chance of any player outside of North America winning any of this prize money.

Swedish Fortnite pro Svenoss, of NRG Esports, is one player who has been vocal about the lack of non-NA representation at the Secret Skirmish, exclaiming “this right here, is the reason [you] HAVE to live in NA as a Fortnite player.”

He shows a list of invited players via Fortnite esports Gamepedia, which suggests of 95 players confirmed to be invited, only four are not U.S. or Canadian.

This is not the final list of all players taking part in the Secret Skirmish of course, as at least 100 players will be required at the minimum for a battle royale tournament, but it does not bode well for players from other regions regardless.

The use of only ‘Open Events’ for choosing invitees is also unfortunate for non-NA players, as all Open events thus far have been in the U.S.

We can expect to get more details regarding specifics of the Secret Skirmish in the lead up to the event.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
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Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 10 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
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Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.