Karma Doesn't Think Fortnite Will Ever Become a Good Competitive Esport - Dexerto

Karma Doesn’t Think Fortnite Will Ever Become a Good Competitive Esport

Published: 1/Aug/2018 9:11 Updated: 2/Aug/2018 7:55

by Ross Deason


Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow thinks that Fortnite Battle Royale’s future as a competitive esports title is questionable.

The three time Call of Duty World Champion discussed the immensely popular Epic Games title during a recent Twitch stream, saying that it is “the worst possible game to be an esports game”.

Despite the push from Epic to bring esports to Fortnite, the Canadian star seems to believe that there are too many obstacles stopping it from being truly competitive.

As an explanation for his opinion, Karma says that he doesn’t care what Epic Games does to try to shake things up and that Fortnite is the battle royale title that has the least chance of making it as a competitive esport:

“I don’t care what they do, I don’t think there’s any way that game ever becomes good competitively, there’s no way,

“Unless they make it so everyone starts killing each other, but I don’t think people are gonna just start fighting. Hello no,

“Of all the BRs, I think that is by far the worst one”

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in history and Epic Games has made a pledge to invest over $100 million into the esports side of it in the 2018-2019 season.

Competitions like Friday Fortnite and Epic’s Summer Skirmish tournaments have already drawn in millions of viewers, but Karma isn’t the only person to believe that the nature of the game doesn’t lend itself to a truly competitive environment.

One of the biggest criticisms of any battle royale title trying to become an esport is the random nature of the game, from loot spawns to the closing of the storm/circle. With Fortnite specifically, people are concerned that the building mechanics will mean that players simply create a fort and hide until the end of a game in order to get a good placement.

A post from a former MLG admin on Reddit commented on the various problem, using PUBG’s esports scene as an example of the issues that Fortnite will need to overcome if it is to join the likes of League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2 as a top esport:

“Let’s face it. Battle Royal games were not designed with eSports in mind. There is lots of RNG at play, and thanks to the battle royal genre, CAMPING.

We saw this with PUBGs decent into the competitive scene; which lead to almost all teams holding out till the end and avoiding fights. With Fortnite’s building mechanics, this strategy is amplified x1000. PUBG at least had teams fighting over the best cover in the field (rocks, trees, hills etc) whereas in Fortnite no need to do that just build your own metal base all the way in the final circle.

An eSport game exists because there is a community of fans willing to watch it. No one wants to watch a bunch of pencil warriors hiding behind their preset edited walls and winning by quadruple campfire on top of a 50ft metal sky base while bandaging.”


Fortnite Crew explained: Battle Pass skin packs, V-Bucks, price & more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:40 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 16:51

by Tanner Pierce


Starting with Chapter 2 Season 5, Fortnite will have a brand new subscription service titled Fortnite Crew, which aims to bring a slew of different features that players love, wrapped up into one nice little package. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Season 4 of Fortnite is rapidly coming to an end. The Marvel-themed season has been around for a few months now and in December it will be replaced by Season 5. While we don’t know the full extent of the new season, we do know that it’s set to introduce a brand new service called Fortnite Crew.

This subscription-based model, which is a first for Fortnite, is set to introduce a brand new way to get the battle pass each season, while at the same time earning some free goodies to sink your teeth into. But how does it work, how much does it cost, and what does it include? Here’s the breakdown.

Fortnite Crew contents

The most attractive inclusion in this new subscription service is that of the battle pass. Each month, you’ll get the premium version of the battle pass at no extra cost to you, so long as you’re subscribed to Fortnite Crew.

Beyond that, however, you’ll also receive a number of different items beyond the premium battle pass. You’ll also receive 1000 v-bucks and an exclusive Fortnite Crew Pack, which in-and-of-itself includes a skin and a “matching accessory”.

Fortnite Crew cost

According to Epic, the Fortnite Crew subscription service will cost players $11.99 a month. This price makes the service an objectively good deal, as a normal battle pass costs 950 V-bucks, which costs around $8.

So for a few extra bucks from the standard price of a battle pass, you’re getting 1000 extra V-bucks, an exclusive skin pack, and the battle pass itself.

How to subscribe to Fortnite Crew

Epic Games
Players will be able to purchase the Fortnite Crew subscription from the Item Shop when it launches in December.

Subscribing to Fortnite Crew is, apparently, quick and easy. All you have to do is click the icons found in the Fortnite Item Shop or on the battle pass screen, meaning it doesn’t seem like players will have to jump through a bunch of hoops in order to get access to the service.

In addition, Epic Games also confirmed that fans will be able to cancel their subscription at any time. Presumably, fans will be able to keep all of the items they unlocked through the service up until that point, considering they would have already paid for that month.