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Fortnite leaks reveal first look at new non-combat map

Published: 29/Apr/2020 14:18 Updated: 29/Apr/2020 18:03

by Daniel Cleary

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Fortnite data miners have revealed the first look at a brand new non-combat map for the upcoming “Party Royale” playlist following the April 29 update.

After Epic Games announced that they would be introducing brand new modes to Fortnite following the v12.50 update, such as Party Royale and Operation: Payload, fans were eager to experience the new playlists.

It was revealed that Party Royale would let players take a break from chasing the elusive Victory Royale screen in a non-combat map that has been specifically designed for the new mode.

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Fortnite leaker Hypex revealed that, among many other upcoming changes, the Party Royale playlist will be going live on Friday at 6pm PT / 9pm EST/ 2am BST, for Epic Games to run some tests on the new mode.

Hypex also revealed that Epic would be treating the Party Royale mode as a “new experimental and evolving space,” suggesting that it might be around for quite a while unlike many of the previous modes that were added to Fortnite.

Epic shared that Party Royale would be a non-combat island, with plans to instruct players to ‘leave your weapons and mats behind’, allowing them instead to hang out with friends, practice their skydiving abilities, and more.

While it is unclear what exactly will be in store for players when they drop in, Fortnite leaker FortTory shared an image of the Party Royale Island map giving more clues around what to expect.

One of the most highlighted aspects of the mini-map is the small icons scattered across the island, which many fans have suggested are minigames that players would be able to take part in.

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A map for the upcoming Party Royale mode in Fortnite.

The icons suggest that fans will possibly get to partake in some unique courses and games such as races, gliding challenges, and even a soccer match after queuing up for the new playlist.

Party Royale is not the only new playlist that Epic plan on releasing, as Operation: Payload, which is seemingly inspired by Overwatch, is also scheduled to be coming soon to Fortnite.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.