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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.”


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.