HighDistortion fires back at Twitch "hate" for not playing Fortnite - Dexerto

HighDistortion fires back at Twitch “hate” for not playing Fortnite

Published: 29/Jan/2020 11:19 Updated: 29/Jan/2020 11:36

by David Purcell


Jimmy ‘HighDistortion’ Moreno has revealed the amount of hate he has been receiving on his Twitch channel, with “trolls” criticising his decision to ditch Fortnite for other games. 

The former Team SoloMid star, who has over 1.6 million followers on his Twitch channel, had previously been streaming the battle royale title full-time, where he became the first player to reach 100,000 kills. However, he has has decided to try out another game in recent weeks – Overwatch.


With that change has come a change in opinion from some members of his community, too, who have been urging the former Fortnite pro to return.

Overwatch heroes posing
HighDistortion has faced a lot of “hate” after swapping Fortnite for Overwatch on Twitch.

It appears that the calls for a change in game have gone too far, though, as the 35-year old revealed that he now feels discouraged from streaming due to the reactions from some viewers.


On January 28, he tweeted: “It’s honestly discouraging as f**k for me, for the amount of hate I get on Twitch for not playing Fortnite.

“Didn’t expect so many to chime in,” he added in a follow-up, after a number of followers backed him on the platform. “Just had a plethora of trolls/hate last stream as if I hurt people for playing something else.”

While HighDistortion has made it very clear in the past that he would like to explore different games, as seen with his previous stint on Apex Legends, the amount of criticism he’s facing for branching out has certainly had a negative impact on him. That much is clear.


A number of other streamers have turned away from Fortnite of late, although regular Twitch viewers and members of the gaming community know the likelihood of their returns will always increase when new updates are released.

Whether or not Moreno will start streaming Epic Games’ popular battle royale game in the near future remains to be seen. We’ll have to wait and see what he makes of the 11.50 update on February 20, when Season 2 kicks off.


Fortnite Flare Gun return leaked with major buff

Published: 19/Oct/2020 12:53

by Connor Bennett


A new Fortnite leak has claimed that the Flare Gun could be set to make a return in the near future, and it would be receiving quite a substantial buff too. 

As Fortnite seasons unfold, weapons and items are regularly cycled in and out of the loot pool – either for being too strong, too weak, or not fitting the theme of the new patch. 


This means that some fan-favorite weapons might disappear from the game for one reason or another, either to return at some point later in the future or to never be seen again. 

In the case of the Flare Gun, which was initially added to the battle royale back in the v13.20 update but it was removed at the start of Chapter 2, Season 4. With some fans hoping to see it return, especially given the new fire mechanics, it appears as if Epic have got something up their sleeve. 

flare gun in fortnite
Epic Games
The Flare Gun first appeared in a small short video from Epic Games.

Following the v14.30 update, which gave a buff to the Combat Shotgun and also brought the Rally Royale limited-time mode to the party, leakers uncovered a handful of changes coming in the future.

This includes the Flare Gun, which as leaker Mang0e_ pointed out, could be set to return to the battle royale after a spell in the vault, but with a little bit of a boost too. 

“The flare gun may be coming back to core modes soon,” the leaker tweeted on October 15. “The duration for marking enemies was re-added and increased to 15 seconds.”


While this is not set in the stone, as the leaker tweeted that it may return, some fans will be hoping that the Flare Gun does return – especially given its reported buff.

This increase in time with marking enemies would certainly make players think twice about ignoring the chance to use the Flare Gun. But, as ever, it’ll be up to Epic to make the final call.