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Fortnite pro baffled after Epic Games ban him for “swinging pickaxe”

Published: 7/Dec/2019 16:52 Updated: 7/Dec/2019 16:53

by Joe Craven


Oceania-based Fortnite pro player Jack ‘sozmann’ Lehane has criticized developers Epic Games in a series of tweets, after he was apparently banned for ‘swinging his pickaxe’. 

Sozmann is a professional Fortnite player based in Australia, and so competes in the Oceania region of Epic Games competitive setup.  He was present at July’s Fortnite World Cup, competing in the solo section of the competition. 

Despite qualifying numerous times – and winning the Week 9 Oceania Qualifiers outright – he placed below average in the solos competition and finished 68th overall. Regardless, he has regularly proved himself as one of the top players in the world. 

Twitter: sozmannThe message sozmann was greeted with.

On December 6, sozmann tweeted that he would “Never do such a thing in my life and I get hit with this hours before FCS finals.” Attached was an image of a ban on his Fortnite account. 

The ban pertained to alleged “Collusion/Match Fixing”, and was scheduled to last two weeks. However, sozmann claimed that the ban was for swinging his pickaxe. 

“[I’m] assuming I got a 2 weeker for pickaxe swinging but the entire community does it,” he said. “Literally top pros in videos say “pickaxe swing at me”. I got no words bro [I] would never do anything like this.” 

Pickaxe swinging is used as an informal method of ‘communication’ used by many professional players, who swing their pickaxe while rotating as an indication that they are not looking for any conflict. 

If players swing their pickaxe in response, it generally sees both players move on and focus on positioning and looting. However, in this case, it appears Epic interpreted it as illicit. 

Despite his initial frustrations, sozmann’s ban appeared to be reversed quickly, as he tweeted: “This issue has been resolved please don’t throw negativity towards anyone affiliated with Epic [Games].”

The fact that sozmann had his ban reversed swiftly suggests it was either a mistake on Epic’s behalf, or the situation was clarified to them and they judged that the Australian had not broken any rules.

Lehane is currently competing in the ongoing Oceania Fortnite Champions Series, playing alongside players such as RepulseGod and aleccfishy. 

He will be hoping to replicate the success he had in the World Cup qualifiers, in which he proved himself to be one of the very best Oceania-based players. 


How to watch Fortnite Galactus live event: Countdown, start time, leaks

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:40 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:47

by Brad Norton


Excitement for Fortnite’s Season 4 Nexus War finale event, which will introduce Marvel villain Galactus, is at fever pitch. From start times to how to watch live, here’s everything you need to know.

Love them or hate them, Fortnite’s crossovers with Marvel have become big business for Epic Games. Season 4 has introduced a number of skins and weapons for our favorite superheroes and villains, and it’s set to go out with a bang with the arrival of Galactus.

We don’t know too much about what will happen when the Devourer of Worlds hits the Island, but as his moniker suggests, it’s going to spell trouble; the event has been described as “an interactive Marvel movie” by Epic, and is expected to be one of the biggest events the game has ever seen.

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Nexus War finale including start times, how to watch, leaks about another potential Black Hole scenario, and what to expect when Season 5 finally arrives.

Fortnite Galactus event start date and time

Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.

The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.

Fortnite Galactus event
Epic Games
Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.

How to watch Fortnite’s Galactus event

If you want to take part in Fortnite’s Nexus War finale event, Epic recommends you log in to the game at least 60 minutes prior to the start time and date listed above, with the Event Playlist expected to go live 30 minutes before the event.

Epic have also advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat) for the best experience.

However, if you don’t want to play, and instead just want to watch the event live, you can tune in to NICKMERCS’ live stream on Twitch below.

Galactus Fortnite event leaks

Fortnite leaker ximton has shared a short clip of the final stage of the in-game countdown, which will appear just before Galactus arrives for the Nexus War finale event.

The event itself could see the superheroes taking on Galactus in the form of a raid. Or you could possibly have Galactus taking on the whole lobby, or a Thanos-inspired mode akin to Chapter 1.

A description from the Event Playlist simply states that players will have to “defend the Island to save all Reality!”

Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.

It’s also been heavily rumored that there will be another Black Hole type situation once the Galactus event comes to a close. Back when Chapter 1 ended, the battle royale was stuck behind a black hole loading screen, with nothing for players to do until Chapter 2 began.

The potential return of a blackout was pointed out on November 18 by data miner FNLeaksAndInfo, who tweeted: “Prepare for some more possible downtime after the event similar to the Black Hole event!”

First look at Galactus

Players were first able to spot Galactus far off in the distance with the help of one of the game’s sniper rifles, and he’s slowly gotten closer and closer throughout Season 4. Now, he’s almost arrived and can be seen emerging from the water at the edge of the Island.

It turns out there’s actually a standard-sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.

Here are some datamined images of Galactus’ model, too.

The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.

The Fortnite tie-in will be a great way to introduce casual fans to the presence of one of the universe’s most powerful, cosmic entities.

Lazing Device

On November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.

Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.

For more, detailed information regarding the Lazing Device, check out our dedicated article.

What can we expect from Fortnite Season 5?

As we mentioned earlier, once the impending Galactus event is over, it’s rumored that there will be another Black Hole style blackout, where the game may be offline for a day or two before Season 5 is playable.

It’s expected that Season 5 will bring with it a new map, after Galactus destroys the current one. A leak has also appeared to confirm a crossover with The Mandalorian, which will bring with it new skins and, of course, the loveable Baby Yoda.

We’ve rounded up everything we know about Fortnite Season 5 including early patch notes and leaks.