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Fortnite World Cup runner-up Psalm explains shock switch to Valorant

Published: 6/Apr/2020 14:34

by Joe Craven

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The runner-up in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Solos tournament, Harrison ‘Psalm’ Chang, has explained his shock move away from Epic Games’ battle royale, as well as revealing that is headed to Valorant. 

Prior to the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, few people would have known the name Psalm. However, a second-place finish, behind only 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, saw Chang take home an incredible $1.8 million. 

Away from the incredible prize money, he has also cultivated a successful Twitch channel, primarily off the back of playing Fortnite. However, he announced on April 5 that he would be stepping away from the game that made him a millionaire and into new competitive territory. 

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Psalm placed second, 26 points behind winner Bugha.

“My dream is to be the most decorated competitor in gaming history,” he said. “I have my eyes set on Valorant next.” 

What has shocked most people about Psalm’s decision is the move to Valorant, a game that has not yet become a staple esports title. In fact, at the time of Chang’s announcement, Valorant is still in its beta phase. 

While Fortnite grew to be immensely popular in its beta, it is up in the air whether Valorant will experience anywhere near the same level of success. “Thank you Fortnite for everything,” he finished. “I was given the chance to achieve what only few have had the pleasure of accomplishing.” 

While the move certainly constitutes something of a gamble, Psalm has already proven an incredible ability to transition between video games and still remain at the very top. 

He has previously shared some of his wider gaming successes, including Top 70 in Overwatch’s Season 1 ladder, reaching Global Elite rank in CS:GO, and hitting D3 in LoL in 2 months as a brand new player. 

While many wished him luck in his new adventures, others took the news as an opportunity to criticize Epic Games. 

Cented7, a professional Fortnite player for Team Liquid, asked: “How can an esports scene be so uncompetitive that the 2nd place winner at worlds literally quits the game”. 

Despite Psalm not citing Fortnite’s competitive decline as a reason for the switch, many have criticized Epic Games for failing to innovate either casual or competitive play in Chapter 2. 

While it certainly represents a leap of faith, Chang is clearly confident about his ability to switch between titles. Only time will tell if his confidence is well-founded. 

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NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

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In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.