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EuroGamer Exposes Daily Mirror Journalist for Actively Seeking Negative Fortnite Stories

Published: 2/Aug/2018 15:41 Updated: 2/Aug/2018 16:00

by Calum Patterson


A journalist for the Daily Mirror has been exposed for actively seeking for negative stories about children “addicted” to Fortnite – offering up to £300 in exchange for a scoop.

The journalist, Matthew Barbour, had recently been outed on Twitter after running a front page piece titled “Fortnite made me a suicidal drug addict”, exposed for having offered payment in exchange for juicy stories about video game addiction in the past.

The Twitter thread gave proof of Barbour offering £100 to anyone willing to share a tale about how Pokemon Go had ruined their life.


Eventually, he didn’t run the story falsely provided to him about a fictional husband and wife have marriage problems, because “for it to really be juicy, maybe [they] should have split up”.

Reported by EuroGamer, Barbour used an agency called ‘ResponseSource’ to find a suitable case, that fits the desired narrative.

“Journalists post their case study request on Response Source’s website. This is then connected to news agencies and public relations people who may be able to provide the relevant case studies.”

EuroGamer also obtained one of the emails sent by ResponseSource on behalf of Barbour for his front page Fortnite story. In it, he offers £300 for a story of Fortnite addicted child, adding “we need this to be as strong as possible.”

Source: EuroGamer

When EuroGamer reached out to Barbour to ask him various questions about the validity of his story and how he sourced it, he replied “am I being paid to provide these answers?”

The counsellor which the Mirror story claims is treating the patients, Steve Pope, did not reply to questions about his role in the story, but has been featured in numerous news outlets and even national television, focusing on video game addiction.

He is also credited in another Mirror story which claimed a 9 year old girl was in rehab because she was so addicted to Fortnite, that she would wet herself rather than go to the toilet.

While this tale of Fortnite addiction cannot be proven as false, EuroGamer’s findings provide a unique insight into just how some of these tabloid stories come to be.


Ali-A reveals unreleased Fortnite skin haunting Weeping Woods

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:45 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 11:47

by Connor Bennett


Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A has shown that the previously leaked Madcap skin looks to be coming soon as a mobile glitch has revealed a strange character ‘haunting’ Weeping Woods. 

Across the different Fortnite seasons and updates, Epic Games have released a vast amount of cosmetics – with fans picking out their favorites and donning them in-game. 

Typically, these skins are leaked ahead of time as leakers are able to decrypt games files that are added to the mix with each new update and patch. Some of these skins never see the light of day, or are held back for quite a while, despite being leaked following a patch. 

One of the skins that falls into this category is the Madcap – a glowing, purple, Mushroom-themed skin. It was leaked quite a while back, and while it hasn’t been available just yet, it looks like it will be pretty soon. 

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Each new Fortnite update leaks a whole host of skins.

Popular YouTuber Ali-A pointed out that some Fortnite mobile players on Android had spotted the outline of a skin sitting around in Weeping Woods. 

The character that seems to be ‘haunting’ the POI, is stood under a tree with their arms crossed. However, it’s not colorful. Instead, it’s a blacked-out silhouette – almost as if it’s going to be added soon, but is showing up as a visual glitch in-game. 

Ali-A noted that the character is most definitely Madcap because of the shape of the head, and given that he’s hanging around Weeping Woods, there might be a challenge or quest line involved with unlocking the skin.

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Even though the YouTuber’s speculation seems pretty spot on, there’s no telling if he’s right just yet because Epic Games hasn’t announced anything. 

It could very well be that, as Fortnitemares unfolds, the skin will finally be available through the item shop and there are also challenges in Weeping Woods to unlock skin styles. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see.