After an anti-climactic start to the Fortnite 'Summer Skirmish' series, a number of high profile participants have taken to social media to advise how it can be improved in future iterations.
The first week, which boasted a massive $250,000 in prize money with another $7,750,000 still to be handed out over eight weeks, was plagued by lag, as well as a difficult to spectate format.
With fifty duo teams to keep an eye on, the observers were constantly swapping through points of view, and coupled with the lag which players experienced, there was little redeeming about the tournament.
It did attract hundreds of thousands of viewers across the official streams and participants own channels. So, Epic Games will be keen to get it right in future weeks to avoid Fortnite esports getting off to any worse of a start, especially with so many eyes on it.
One of the main complaints which has arisen is that there is too much emphasis on winning games rather than racking up eliminations, meaning players will be tactically more patient rather than aggressive.
Top YouTube streamer 'NickEh30' went into great detail to explain how the tournament setting and structure could be improved.
Less engagements = less chances of dying. And playing against pros, anything can happen—why risk it taking a battle you don't need to.— Nick Eh 30 (@NickEh30) July 15, 2018
But I feel like it could've been a lot more entertaining for viewers. I know it sounds crazy, but I think kills should be prioritized over wins.
Or maybe something like...— Nick Eh 30 (@NickEh30) July 15, 2018
1 Elimination = 1 point
1 Victory Royale = 3 points
Rankings would be determined by teams who have the most amount of points at the end of a set number of games.
TSM Player Daequan also agreed that more emphasis needs to be placed on elimination rather than simply victory royale's.
He suggests a point system, somewhat similar to the point system used in other competitive Battle Royale events, but angled to encourage eliminations.
Fortnite Competitive Thoughts: If Kills don't weigh heavily in terms of placements for tourneys and prize money, then nobody will go for them. Solution: A Point System. 150 Points for 1st Place, 135 for 2nd Place, down to 15 for 10th. 20 Or 25 Points a kill... Something like that— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) July 15, 2018
In terms of lag, this will be something Epic should be on top of themselves as they work out the kinks with their custom server technology.
But 100 Thieves player Parallax was disappointed to see of 'disrespect' levelled at both Epic and the participants.
I'm seeing how disrespectful people are towards players, employees, and Epic as a whole. I'm unsure what people are to expect. Take 50v50 servers for example. There's some stability and performance issues that come with such hectic gameplay.— Parallax (@100T_Parallax) July 15, 2018
Yet regardless people find a rhyme and reason to bitch and point fingers. If Epic didn't give a fuck (like most day) they'd just ignore us and use the current format. BUT THEY ARENT. They're actively trying to improve and change things to find what's best.— Parallax (@100T_Parallax) July 15, 2018
Daequan's TSM teammate though, HighDistortion, had a rather more novel idea about how Epic could spice up the tournament next time around - using the new ATK vehicles.
Next summer skirmish should have a big prize for winning a race at the race track.— TSM HighDistortion (@HighDistortion) July 15, 2018
That will stop the campers Kappa
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