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Fnatic CEO calls out Epic after majority of Fortnite players leave

Published: 14/Feb/2020 22:51 Updated: 14/Feb/2020 23:27

by Scott Robertson


Fnatic’s CEO Sam Mathews saw most of his Fortnite roster depart the legendary esports organization on February 14. After wishing the players well, he turned his sights toward Epic Games and how they’ve handled the competitive scene.

It may be Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean that love has to be a given. But depending on how you view them, the statements from one of Fnatic’s founders could be viewed as a form of “tough love.”

After saying goodbye to three members of the organization’s active Fortnite roster, Fnatic CEO Sam Mathews addressed the team’s commitment to the game, but indicated his belief that Epic’s commitment to the competitive scene is lacking.

Mathews touts Fnatic’s commitment to competitive Fortnite, but argues that Epic doesn’t “always feel the same way.” He also implies that there’s a lack of communication between even top teams and the developer, arguing that they speak with other publishers to help them drive esports forward.

Just hours before, Mathews and Fnatic said goodbye to Derman “MOTOR” Özdemir, Theo “Pr0vokd” Guillemenot, and Jacob “verox” Gilbert. All three Fortnite players had decided to let their contracts run out and not re-sign.

Pr0vokd indicated on his announcement tweet that he is looking to now represent and organization that is “supportive, and wants to take the next step with me.” MOTOR’s initial tweet appeared like he was taking shots at FNATIC, but he clarified in a follow-up that the team’s vision for the game differed from reality.

In a reply to verox’s tweet, Mathews revealed that the “team’s plans around Fortnite are toned down.” After the departures, Fnatic only have two active Fortnite players on their roster.

Like many other organizations, the team is likely adjusting to Epic’s focus on individual and personality rather than the competitive scene. With the exception of perhaps the World Cup, few competitive events get the focus that other Fortnite content receives.

The first World Cup was a bit of a blow for organizations fielding Fortnite teams, as only Solos, Duos, and Creative events were announced. Many participants for each event weren’t even representing any sports organizations.

Bugha wins 2019 Fortnite World Cup
Epic Games
The World Cup is Fortnite’s biggest competitive event of the year, and it’s coming up on its second iteration.

While viewership and gross revenue numbers are certainly doing well, excitement for competitive Fortnite isn’t. Most attention on events is focused more on the personalities attending, whether they be celebrities or streaming stars.

If Mathews is right in saying that Epic feels like it doesn’t need to work with esports organizations, then other teams focused more on competing than content may not be able to hold onto their players either.


Fortnite tease exclusive new Drift Crew skin with Fox Clan hints

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:18 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 17:22

by Julian Young


The official Fortnite Twitter account started the hype train for the game’s next Fortnite Crew release by changing their avatar and issuing cryptic tweets about ‘Fox Clan,’ and fans are already speculating on when the next big surprise might arrive.

Fortnite has a long history of using in-game and social media teasers to hype up the BR’s future content. Whether teasing some new skins or a complete rework of the game’s universe, Epic Games is no stranger when it comes to feeding players a slow drip of hints to build up the hype.

With Chapter 2 Season 5 well underway, players have already been treated to special events like Terminator and Predator crossovers. However, Season 5 doesn’t end until March 15 and players are already looking for clues on what the season’s next content drop might include.

On January 24, Fortnite’s official Twitter account changed its avatar and tweeted out two mysterious hints linked to the game’s next big reveal. The community quickly flooded Twitter to discuss what these new teasers might mean for the February Fortnite Crew release.

Fortnite Drift Crew Pack Skin HYPEX Leak
Epic Games
Fortnite data miner HYPEX revealed the game’s new teasers are related to an upcoming Fortnite Crew skin for Drift.

The first tweet referenced establishing a connection and beginning a scan, which didn’t give fans much to go off of. However, the second part had some important implications, and included a reference to one of the games most iconic characters: Drift.

“Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” the last sentence read. Drift was originally introduced in Fortnite’s first Season 5, and was loved by players for his unique kitsune appearance and skins (kitsune means fox in Japanese, and these creatures often appear in Japanese folklore).

The second tweet issued a cryptic warning: “I know you don’t know who I am, but the Fox Clan is in trouble. We need you.” Fox Clan is something completely new to Fortnite, but it appeared to tie in with Drift’s previous in-game aesthetic and the account’s updated avatar.

Fortnite data miner HYPEX also believed the teasers are related to Drift. The leaker shared an image of an unreleased Drift skin – which appeared to be a female version of the previously-male character – and confirmed the skin will be included in the February edition of the Fortnite Crew subscription.

Fortnite Crew – Epic’s monthly subscription model – nets players each new battle pass and 1,000 V-bucks every season, along with Crew Packs that include an exclusive outfit and matching accessory. HYPEX confirmed that the teased Drift skin will be tied to an upcoming Crew Pack.

So far, Epic Games has not revealed any additional clues other than the two mysterious tweets. While new information will continue to be discovered by HYPEX and other data miners, no additional clues have been posted at the time of writing.

Fortnite fans will need to wait for confirmation on exactly what Epic has planned for the February Crew Pack. We will make sure to keep you updated as any new information is revealed at Fortnite Intel on Twitter.