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Ghost Bizzle slams Epic Games over “shit” Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers

Published: 3/Jun/2019 16:23 Updated: 3/Jun/2019 16:37

by Joe Craven


Professional Fortnite Battle Royale player Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller has blasted developers Epic Games over the format of the World Cup Qualifiers, arguing that they failed to consult players when planning the tournament.  

The qualifiers have been going on for the past 8 weeks or so, as the best players in the world scrap it out for a place at July’s finals in New York City, where $30 million is on offer.

However, a number of professional players have criticized Epic and their decision-making, particularly surrounding the competitive side of the game and the tournament format.

Epic GamesThe World Cup Finals see an insane $30,000,000 on the line.

Many took issue with the vaulting of the pump shotgun midway through the qualifiers, while FaZe Clan’s Cloak lashed out at them for scheduling issues. They also faced significant backlash as two previously banned players qualified for the finals.

On June 2, Bizzle gave a scathing evaluation of the format of the event, as he once again failed to qualify for the Duo section of the tournament. “Joke of a qualifier,” he started, “shit format that doesn’t show who the best teams are, gotta love @EpicGames”.

“Rushed into a tournament you [Epic Games] weren’t ready for,” he continued, in a second tweet. “Never asked for ideas from players, just a joke”.

The qualifiers are formatted similarly to Arena mode, with points awarded for eliminations, reaching certain thresholds of players remaining, and achieving victory royales. However, some feel this still rewards defensive – and boring – play styles, leading to a chaotic end game scenario in which luck is the most defining factor. 

There was a mixed response to Bizzle’s tweet, with certain prominent esports personalities agreeing, while other felt he was simply venting frustration. The Ghost Gaming star qualified for Solos in the first week of the qualifiers.

Three-time Call of Duty World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow seemed to agree, simply by replying “esportssssss”. Others, however, were less agreeable, with one Twitter user retorting that “the best seem to qualify multiple times in Europe and NA…”.

Given the fact there are only two weeks of qualification remaining, it seems very unlikely that Epic will change the format of the tournament, but may take the criticism on board for future events.


Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.