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Fortnite pros and streamers react to BRUTE mech suits

Published: 1/Aug/2019 10:29 Updated: 1/Aug/2019 17:18

by Marcus Banks

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Fortnite Season X has finally arrived with a host of changes that haven’t been well received by popular streamers and professional players, particularly the new B.R.U.T.E Mech suits. 

The destruction of the mysterious orb at Loot Lake has made drastic changes to the Fortnite landscape, with iconic locations such as Dusty Depot making a return to the map as well as the ‘OG’ factories.

As well as some new locations, Epic Games have added a new two-person vehicle that looks set to wreak havoc on the map. The BRUTE mech suit has both a shotgun and missile launcher to use against your enemies – something which has left pro players and streamers less than impressed.

Epic GamesFortnite Season 10: The new BRUTE vehicle can hold up to two players.

Team Liquid star Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo expressed his frustration at Epic Games for adding another item – similar to the Infinity Blade – that would give select players a distinct advantage over others.

After a sarcastic tweet stating how “awesome” the patch notes are, Chap pleaded with the developer to remove the new mech suits out of arena mode already. 

He said: “Wait. Get these mechs out of arena. What the fuck are you smoking Epic?” While, at the time of writing, it’s still active in the competitive battle royale game mode, it has since been removed from Creative and Playground playlists. 

Popular Twitch streamer Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman couldn’t believe what he was witnessing after watching the cinematic trailer for the first time.

“What?! What the hell bro? We’re all dead!” he said in disbelief while watching the new vehicle smash through a house in Salty Springs.

Team SoloMid’s Jimmy ‘HighDistortion’ Moreno was much more blunt with his opinions on the game’s latest major update, though, as he suggested developers have once again ‘screwed up’ the meta. 

Whether or not calls for the new vehicle to be removed from The Arena will be answered by Epic Games any time soon remains to be seen. 

Season 10 might have marked the long-awaited end of The Baller’s time in Fortnite, which has finally been sent to the vault after sustained criticisms from the competitive community, but these new mech suits appear to be the next big thing players are taking issue with. 

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.