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Fortnite pros threaten to boycott Secret Skirmish over forced equipment rule

by Matt Porter

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A number of top Fortnite pros are considering pulling out of this week’s Secret Skirmish event after complaints regarding the rules that force players to use certain equipment.

The Fortnite Secret Skirmish takes place on February 14 and 15, and the $500,000 esports event, hosted by Epic Games, will be used to prepare the broadcast teams for the Fortnite World Cup, which takes place later this year.

While a number of major Twitch stars are expected to compete at the tournament, it appears that two of the biggest names in Fortnite esports are trying to get out of competing.

Team Liquid member Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo told his stream on his Saturday, February 9 broadcast that he didn’t want to attend the Secret Skirmish, saying: “I don’t want to go to the Secret Skirmish at all. I don’t want to go play the current meta in solo matches, it’s not fun."

Chap then explained why he was unhappy at the prospect of attending the tournament, blaming the tournament’s format and the fact that he would be forced to use unfamiliar peripherals.

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“I don’t know,” said Chaplo. “The idea of travelling for two days, to play at a forced peripheral LAN on solos, just not fun.”

The Team Liquid member then revealed that he wasn’t the only member of the historic organization who didn’t want to go, mentioning that Tom ‘72hrs’ Mulligan was also against attending the event.

Fortnite have announced that a new patch will release this week that includes changes to the X-4 Stormwing plane, the Hand Cannon and Rocket Launchers, which is sure to annoy Fortnite pro players as they attempt to prepare for the $500,000 tournament.

With the tournament scheduled to kick off on Thursday, February 14, it will be interesting to see if the Team Liquid pair will be in attendance.