Fortnite: Should Epic Games continue taking chances with major meta changes? | The Fortnite Podcast Ep. 59 - Dexerto

Fortnite: Should Epic Games continue taking chances with major meta changes? | The Fortnite Podcast Ep. 59

Published: 28/Dec/2018 3:42 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:15

by Albert Petrosyan


The constantly evolving state of Fortnite Battle Royale ensures that the in-game meta does not remain as such for too long of a period of time. 

Developers Epic Games are consistently adding, removing, and adjusting things in the game that keep it fresh and do not allow for a certain combination of weapons, items, vehicles, or mechanics to stay too powerful for too long.

With updates rolled out every week, the vast player-base is often left guessing as to what’s coming next to the popular battle royale title, and more often then not, Epic have introduced some sort of change that has drastically altered the game.

While many may enjoy these constant flurry of changes, others, most notably those who play the game competitively and professionally, are often seen asking for more consistency when it comes to the important aspects of Fortnite.

After all, casual players can always take their time in getting used to major changes, while competitive players have to quickly adapt and master them or risk falling behind.

Season 7 of Fortnite introduced a mass of changes to the map, including a whole snow biome added to the southwest corner and three brand new points of interest.

This topic was thoroughly discussed in Episode 59 of the renowned Fortnite Podcast by 2LoudTX and MonsterDFace, both of whom have an expert level understanding of the nuances of Fortnite.

In the latest episode, the pair break down whether Epic are making the right decision in pushing novelties into the game and fundamentally altering the game as a result, such as when they added in the powerful Infinity Blade sword a day before the finals of the $1 million Winter Royale tournament.

The Infinity Blade is arguably the most controversial item ever added to Fortnite and was eventually vaulted after heavy backlash from the community.

While he sympathizes for the effect the Infinity Blade had on the competitive community, MonsterDFace also understands Epic’s reasoning behind wanting to wow the community.

“Yes it was unfair and kind of crazy,I feel you guys on that, but from an entertainment perspective, I can’t argue against what Fortnite pulled off, because they pulled off one hell of an event. It was one crazy event!”

Similarly, 2LoudTX does not want Epic to stop doing one of the main things that make it unique from other developers: “At the end of the day, I enjoyed the item. I like that they took a chance on something else. That’s what I don’t want to see go.”

The NA finals of the $1M Winter Royale tournament were mired in controversy after Epic added the Infinity Blade just a day before the competition began.

MonsterDFace also pointed out that Epic have done things like that in the past, such as when they added the glider re-deploy system days before the finals of the $10 million Fall Skirmish series at TwitchCon in late October.

“This goes back to even the re-deploy system. Remember TwitchCon was the first days of re-deploy, it got slammed on them! Don’t be surprised, they’re here to screw you over NA,” he added jokingly.

You can hear more of the Fortnite experts’ discussion about these changes and many other topics in Episode 59, including MonsterDFace’s recent trip to the Korean Open Fortnite tour as well as the upcoming $100K tournament hosted by WSOE.


Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos


Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.