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Gen.G Esports signs two female pro Fortnite players and streamer KittyPlays

Published: 25/Oct/2018 22:01 Updated: 26/Oct/2018 1:00

by Virginia Glaze

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Gen.G Esports has entered the United State’s esports scene with a bang, signing two female professional Fortnite players – as well as Fortnite commentator and streamer KittyPlays.

Gen.G is creating an all-female team for the game, beginning with the signage of duo Madison ‘Maddysuun’ Mann and Tina ‘TINARAES’ Perez – the latter of which took 4th place in Week 3 of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish tournament series.

Additionally, Kristen ‘KittyPlays’ Valnicek is now employed as the organization’s ‘Head of New Gaming Initiatives,’ who will help to expand the team’s reach by recruiting new players, assisting in brand development, and even engaging in player development on what she called a “part-time basis.”

Valnicek will likewise help expand Gen.G’s female Fortnite team, which she feels has a lot to offer in terms of its potential.

“This Fortnite team is a perfect example of our organization looking at the industry from a wider scale and identifying an untapped segment,” she stated in a report by The Esports Observer. “Gen.G fans will be incredibly happy about the direction we’re headed in.”

Gen.G has been hiring an influx of new talent as of late, including the recent signage former NBA player Chris Bosh, who is now working as the team’s player management advisor.

While Gen.G began its esports initiative in South Korea, this latest development marks the furtherment of its global expansion, as stated by its Head of Partnerships, Jordan Sherman.

Both TINAREAES and Maddysuun will represent Gen.G this coming weekend for the conclusion of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish, which will take place at TwitchCon.

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Fortnite players demand broken “pay to lose” Baby Yoda back bling is fixed

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:42

by Daniel Megarry

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Fortnite players have discovered a bug that’s rendering their Baby Yoda aka The Child back bling cosmetic useless, as it stops them from being able to aim properly.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale introduced a major crossover when The Mandalorian made his way onto The Island. As well as a skin, a glider, and Beskar armor, there’s also a Baby Yoda back bling for players to unlock.

Claiming the Baby Yoda back bling is no easy feat, as players need to reach Level 100 of their Battle Pass to be able to carry the adorable Grogu on their back. This means plenty of grinding and weekly challenges to earn that all-important XP.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 has been out for a while, players are slowly starting to unlock the Baby Yoda back bling, but many of them are facing disappointment upon learning that their hard-earned reward is broken.

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Fortnite and The Mandalorian have crossed paths in Season 2 Chapter 5.

Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling is broken

In a Fortnite subreddit thread which has gained over 10k upvotes, Reddit user SweggyBoi highlighted the issue at hand: When you have Baby Yoda equipped, you can’t see where you’re aiming at all as it blocks more than half of the screen.

The problem seems to occur when the player enters and exits a car, causing Baby Yoda to become static. This is likely because the back bling hovers behind the player, rather than resting directly against their back as capes and backpacks do

You can see the moment where Baby Yoda blocks the player’s screen in Fortnite below. SweggyBoi and a number of other Reddit users have called on Epic to acknowledge and fix the problem.

You can’t see where you’re aiming at all when using The Child pet sometimes, either make him see-through when aiming or move him more to the left, please get this to the frontpage so Epic Games can see this. from FortNiteBR

Of course, an easy fix for this problem would be to simply not use the Baby Yoda back bling. But when most players have spent real money on the Battle Pass and dedicated hours of gameplay to unlocking the cosmetic, their frustration is understandable.

“How the f**k did this pass playtests?” asked one Reddit user, while another added: “The view truly is awful with bulky skins and back blings. This one is super extreme though. Hope we just get some FOV settings finally so we can use more skins without having half the screen blocked.”

Others highlighted a different problem with Fortnite’s Baby Yoda back bling: “Because it sticks so far out from your back, when you’re hiding it either clips through the wall or shows around the corner.”

While the recent customizable superhero skin controversy resulted in players accusing Epic of supporting “pay to win” cosmetics, the Baby Yoda back bling is being jokingly referred to as “pay to lose” as it’s actually hindering players’ performance.

Hopefully, Epic Games will issue some sort of fix for this problem in the near future.