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How to use Fortnite’s new Sidegrading weapons feature

Published: 15/Jan/2020 12:30 Updated: 15/Jan/2020 14:36

by Kamil Malinowski


Epic Games have finally released the first major Fortnite patch of 2020, adding quite a few new features. The biggest one so far is Sidegrading, and here’s everything you need to know about it. 

Fortnite fans have been waiting a while for a new update as the game remained practically the same over the holiday season, excluding their snowy Winterfest event. However, it seems that Epic have got right back to work and players have been graced with the Fortnite v11.40 update.

One feature that has caught the attention of many is the new Sidegrading system – a way to transform your guns into others of the same rarity. If you don’t yet know how it works, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you. 

Heavy Assult Rifle returns to Fortnite.
Epic Games
Fortnite players will see the return of a classic gun thanks to Sidegrading.

How to Sidegrade weapons in Fortnite

Leaker Lucas7yoshi was one of the first to share this new system, showing Fortnite’s very simple introduction video, which runs players through the whole process. 

All you need to do is find a Weapon Upgrade Bench and use it. In addition to the usual Upgrade Weapon option, you will now also be presented with a Sidegrade Weapon option when you interact with the bench. 

How much does Sidegrading cost?

Each Sidegrade costs just a tenth of the standard upgrade price and will present you with a different version of the weapon you have.

For example, the Assault Rifle will be transformed into a Heavy Assault Rifle of the same rarity – making it a cheap way of getting more powerful variants in-game. 

Fortnite player approaching a Weapon Upgrade Bench
Epic Games
Visit one of Fortnite Chapter 2’s Weapon Upgrade Benches to try out Sidegrading.

What else changed in Fortnite’s v11.40 update?

This also means that the Heavy Assault Rifle is making a return to the game after being vaulted in patch 11.0. Many players will be excited to see the powerful rifle return with its incredible 46 damage per shot and solid mag size.

The Sidegrades for other weapons did not make it into the introduction video, but there’s a very easy way to find out what they are – jump from the Battle Bus! 

Meanwhile, the rest of patch v11.40 saw quite a few bug fixes, with likely more to come. If you haven’t yet seen the early patch notes, make sure to check them out to find out more about Fortnite’s first big patch in 2020.


NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

NickEh30 Fortnite stream sniping ban

In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.