Fortnite pros ‘Psalm’ and ‘Rhux’ had a lot to say about the game’s brand-new ‘boombox’ item, which stirred up a slew of controversy after being released the same day as the $100,000 WSOE tournament on December 30.
The pair were approached for an interview after taking a second win in Duos during the WSOE when Rhux made a fairly scathing statement about the in-game item.
“If I get a boombox, it’s a free win,” Rhux said when asked about his team’s Victory Royale. “I mean, we had a boombox in [the] high ground, so it was a pretty free win.”
Psalm appeared to corroborate his claims, stating, “You don’t need aim, you just need a boombox. You just need music, know what I’m saying?”
Fortnite’s boombox has been at the center of controversy since its introduction, with many across the scene decrying its overly-destructive properties. The boombox is a throwable item that destroys any builds in its path, literally hurling a major monkey wrench into the game’s meta.
Popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins spoke out on the item via Twitter, with his harsh sentiments echoed by a slew of other professional players and personalities.
“Enjoy scrimming in Fortnite with that new item, LOL,” Ninja wrote.
Enjoy scrimming in fortnite with that new item LOL
— Ninja (@Ninja) December 30, 2018
This isn’t the first time Epic Games have introduced a new, game-breaking item just ahead of a major tournament, either; the company released the highly-criticized Infinity Blade just before their Winter Royale tournament series, vaulting the item shortly thereafter.
Psalm and Rhux took fourth place at the WSOE, with Ceice and Elevate taking first place and the $100,000 prize.