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Fortnite skill-based matchmaking reportedly removed in Squads

Published: 6/May/2020 4:38 Updated: 6/May/2020 8:19

by Isaac McIntyre

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Epic Games has reportedly removed skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) from Fortnite’s Squads playlist, after months of fans begging the battle royale’s devs to bin the contentious Chapter 2 feature.

SBMM has been one of Fortnite’s contentious features since it was first added at the start of Chapter 2. Epic implemented the game-changing search function with good intentions, but has been facing fan backlash ever since.

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The battle royale’s devs have been fine-tuning their flagship title in Chapter 2 though, and it looks like SBMM is the latest feature to come under the spotlight. According to leakers and pro players, it has reportedly been removed.

Epic pulls the plug on SBMM in Squads playlists

At least, the much-maligned matchmaking feature seems to have been switched off in the battle royale’s four-player Squads playlist. There has been no word on Solos or Duos though, leaving many to suspect it’s a single-mode change.

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YouTuber Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan also revealed in a May 5 upload that he had confirmed with his Epic contact “skill-based matchmaking has been removed”. Epic’s plan, he said, was to make the title’s playlists “more casual,” and “less sweaty.”

Other stars seem convinced the much-hated feature has finally been stripped away too. Ali-A said he had “tested the rumours” and was convinced after he dropped 23 kills, while 100 Thieves star CouRageJD praised Epic for the move.

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 0:53 in the video below.

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SBMM still reigns in Warzone, Apex Legends too

Epic has yet to comment officially on this alleged change, however. That’s no small surprise ⁠— Fortnite’s devs often make unannounced tweaks to the title’s map, as well as weapons and equipment. They’ve become famous for their silence.

Epic isn’t the only battle royale dev team to come under fire for their choice to implement an SBMM feature recently either ⁠— Infinity Ward and Respawn have both been slammed by Warzone and Apex Legends fans respectively too.

Warzone and Apex Legends players have been calling for SBMM to be removed since their battle royale titles were released.
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Warzone and Apex Legends players have been calling for SBMM to be removed since their battle royale titles were released.

In late March, Call of Duty superstar Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag took a swipe at the Modern Warfare devs over SBMM. Respawn was also forced to respond to Apex players after fan outcry over the feature reached fever-pitch last month.

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Fortnite appears to be the only battle royale to have actually pulled the trigger on removing the contentious feature, however. The only question is: considering Epic has yet to comment, will it be permanent? Unfortunately, only time will tell.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson