Fortnite’s Secret Passages have come under fire in Season 3, forcing Epic to respond to an absurd “God Mode” invulnerability issue in the Battle Royale.
Secret Passages have been a solid means of traversal in Fortnite since their introduction in Season 2 of Chapter 2. When entering certain port-a-potties or even dumpsters, players can launch themselves through to other sections of the map.
If you can’t find a vehicle and walking will just take too long, they’re a great alternative. However, they can come with their downsides. Enemies may anticipate the common exit-points and set traps for you. At least, that’s how things are supposed to unfold. Lately, a game-breaking issue has been putting a stop to that.
When leaving a Secret Passage in the latest version of Fortnite, players have been granted the power of invincibility. Whether it’s damage from weapons or damage from the storm, all of it has been ignored thanks to this exploit.
After a few hours of the issue impacting games across all platforms, Epic stepped in with a temporary measure. “Due to an issue, we’ve temporarily disabled the ability to travel with secret passages,” the Fortnite Status account shared on July 8.
Due to an issue, we’re temporarily disabled the ability to travel with secret passages.
This means that Secret Passages around the map will no longer be accessible in the same way as before. While you can still use them as hiding spots, you’ll no longer be able to travel through them. Waiting at the exit for enemies to filter through will simply be a waste of your time until a proper fix is deployed.
Becoming immortal in Fortnite is nothing new, though this appears to be the first time that such an issue stems from the Secret Passages. There’s no telling just what caused them to behave in this way, but it was clearly ruining the Battle Royale experience before being disabled.
Players were left stumped by competition that simply wouldn’t die. No matter how many shots they were hit with, it was never enough due to the glitch. A viable strategy could have been to just sit in the storm while all other players died.
However, it quickly became more and more popular. Before long, entire teams were exploiting Secret Passages and tarnishing the state of any given match.
Secret Passages can be still be used as hiding spots until a fix is deployed.
Developers are yet to explain how they plan on fixing the issue, though it’s likely the means of traversal will be back soon. “We’ll provide an update when the issue is resolved,” the July 8 post concluded.
In the meantime, all-new vehicles are set to shake up the state of Fortnite in the near future. Even if Secret Passages are back up and running, you may still opt for one of six new cars instead.
The Chipotle Challenger Series returns for the final event of 2020, as Fortnite players are set to go head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players, and win big prizes.
This is the fourth edition of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series, and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, so we could see another repeat this time around. The qualifiers are all wrapped up, so it’s now time to look ahead to the finale.
The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers have advanced to the finale, which begins on December 8.
Chipotle Challenger Series Stream
You can tune-in to watch the action unfold, starting on December 8 at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, on Chipotle’s official Twitch channel.
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series features another star-studded lineup of contestants, who the four qualified teams will be playing against.
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams now have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money is up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secure themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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