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Fortnite's Zipline glitch kills stunned Bugha during FNCS Finals

by Matt Porter

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Fortnite World Cup Solos champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was stunned when he encountered a bizarre glitch involving the game’s Zipline that killed him during the FNCS Finals.

Bugha, alongside many recognizable pro players and streamers, was taking part in the Fortnite Championship Series Finals, the culmination of four weeks of intense play to find which squad was the best in Europe, North America, Oceania, and more.

While competing in the Grand Finals on Sunday, December 8, Bugha jumped on a Zipline, but couldn’t foresee how it would cost him his life, and almost leave his team a man down.

Epic Games
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An issue with Fortnite's Ziplines almost cost Bugha dearly.

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After spotting a team in the tower at Weeping Wood, the 16-year-old hopped onto a Zipline to take a better looking, confirming to this squad that their enemies were now under the tower, before jumping off to wait for his allies to join him before engaging.

Much to his surprise though, the World Cup winner became knocked as soon as he hit the floor, losing all of his 100 Health Points as he swam back towards his teams in desperate search of a revive.

“Oh my God,” he fumed. “This game is so dogsh*t! Like what? I died to fall [damage]. Like I literally hopped off a Zipline.” Luckily, the Fortnite pro was close to his teammates who were able to save him, but had he ventured too far into enemy territory, or managed to become separated from his squad, it's likely that his match would have been over with 85 players still in the lobby.

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Unfortunately for Bugha, Ziplines have become a major issue for players since the release of the v11.21 patch, with an issue which sees players take fall damage from the mobility tool when they jump off and land in water, even though they should take no fall damage at all from the item.

Unfortunately, Epic Games have yet to address the glitch publicly, so when a fix for the problem will be released remains unknown, and with the developers choosing not to release patch notes for Chapter 2, it’s likely that players won’t know it’s been solved until they test it out.

Unfortunately for Bugha, any prospective fixes will be too little, too late, with the glitch the stand-out moment of an FNCS Finals where he finished outside of the top 10.