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First look at Fortnite’s new Harpoon Gun

Published: 5/Nov/2019 15:05 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 15:28

by David Purcell

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Fortnite Battle Royale players might be surprised to know that a brand new Harpoon Gun has been added to the game, and it’s very different from anything we’ve seen before.

Epic Games appear to have adopted a new strategy since the start of Fortnite Chapter 2 on October 15, with patch notes seemingly a thing of the past. 

Despite details proving to be pretty scarce about changes for the new game’s first season so far, that hasn’t stopped the developers from sticking to their weekly content schedule, with a new update being rolled out on Tuesday, November 5. 

@FNBRBananik, TwitterThe Harpoon Gun has been added to Fortnite!

Part of that new update is a brand new Harpoon Gun, which not only can be used to attack other players – dealing 75 damage per hit – but can drag enemies closer towards you as well. It was previously leaked by data miners. 

As seen in the clip below from ErycTriceps, a Twitch streamer, a main function of the item is to grab enemies while attacking them at the same time. It’s a short range weapon but as the video shows, you’re not going to need to be point-blank to use it well, should you have good aim.

At first glance it might look like another Grappler, a weapon that was sent to the vault with the 7.20 patch back in January after a number of terrible exploits were discovered by players using it. 

Just like its predecessor, the Harpoon gives ten shots, but the new Harpoon can’t be used to travel around the map. Quite the opposite, actually, pulling things nearer to you – and not just players. One Twitter user has discovered that it can be used for fishing as well. 

We don’t really know what its capabilities are supposed to be. Instead, just reporting on what we can see so far. 

In the meantime, without any patch notes, players will just have to figure out what’s good and bad about it by themselves. All we know is that it can deal damage and latch onto opponents, at the time of writing. 

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NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.