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KEEMSTAR Releases the Impressive Viewership Figures for the Second Friday Fortnite Tournament

Published: 23/May/2018 10:09 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:57

by Ross Deason

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Popular YouTuber, and the brain behind the “Friday Fortnite” tournaments, Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, has shared the viewership figures for the second iteration of the competition.

KEEMSTAR is best known for being the host of “Drama Alert”, a YouTube show that covers the daily news and dramas from the online entertainment and gaming community.

He also has his fingers in a number of other pies, though, and one of his most successful projects of late has been the Friday Fortnite tournament, hosted by UMG.

The premise is a simple one: bring together the biggest names in the online entertainment and video game streaming industry and have them play one of the most popular games in history, Fortnite Battle Royale.

The second Friday Fortnite tournament took place on Friday, May 18th, and was won by YouTuber Typical Gamer and SoaR Gaming’s Thief. It also featured the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani.

With names like those, viewership was bound to be high. However, KEEMSTAR’s announcement of the figures on May 21st took everyone by surprise:

As KEEMSTAR points out, some viewers may have been counted twice if they switched between two streams, but the estimate of seven million is an impressive one nonetheless.

The individual numbers for Ninja and Typical Gamer are truly staggering and once again go to show that the Fortnite hype is not about to slow down any time soon.

Don’t be surprised if the May 25th Friday Fortnite tournament breaks 10 million unique viewers.

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xQc slams Fortnite’s competitive changes as “unfair” in Season 5

Published: 4/Dec/2020 11:56

by Alex Garton

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Twitch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has slammed the current state of Fortnite’s competitive arena mode and the casual features it includes. 

The release of Fortnite’s Season 5 has brought a wealth of changes and new content for players to check out. These new features include new NPC’s, dialogue, and side missions which have been added to both the standard and competitive mode.

Epic’s decision to add these extra features to Fortnite’s competitive mode has displeased certain members of the community. Twitch personality xQc has voiced his opinion on the matter in a heated rant whilst streaming.

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Members of the Fortnite community argue unnecessary features ruin the competitive mode.

xQc criticizes Fortnite’s competitive mode in rant

Everybody enjoys checking out new features in games, especially when it’s as exciting as a new season in Fortnite. New dialogue, music, and NPC’s all assist in making gameplay more immersive and fun, but should they be added into a game’s competitive mode?

That’s the ongoing debate taking place in the Fortnite community as Epic has opted to add all of Season 5’s new features to the competitive mode. This had led to members of the community arguing that these features water down the competitive nature of arena matches.

Twitch personality xQc has expressed his view on the topic, slamming Fortnite’s competitive mode in a rant on stream: “how is that I queue for a competitive game mode and there is quests to do, there’s bots, there’s side missions… I queued to play against players.”

As you can see, it’s obvious xQc isn’t the biggest fan of the new features added to competitive.

A competitive mode should provide players with an environment in which skill determines a victor. Therefore, it’s easy to see why members of the Fortnite community are frustrated that these features are being added to arena matches.

A solution offered by xQc is to clearly establish a casual and competitive mode: “I feel a lot of the time this game tries to bridge competitive and casual at the same time… that’s unfair to people who only care about competitive.”

Currently, casual and competitive receive the same features so it’s difficult to establish a difference between the two.

This is certainly an issue Epic may have to address if the community continues to complain about the cluttered state of the game’s competitive mode.