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Kentucky high schools ban “violent” Fortnite from varsity esports events

Published: 28/Jan/2020 4:41

by Dustin Steiner


Kentucky high schools have banned Fortnite from officially sanctioned varsity competitions, claiming the Battle Royale game and other shooters like it are “too violent.”

Despite Fortnite’s depictions of fantasy violence being far removed from reality, it seems that Epic’s game has once again been deemed too much for young minds to handle by someone who doesn’t quite understand it.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has banned the game from all varsity competitions for being “too violent,” despite it being one of the most popular games in the 12-to-25-year-old age bracket.

“There is no place for shooter games in our schools,” comissioner Julian Tackett said in an email obtained by “We did not know about the addition and are strongly against it.”

While Fortnite is not as wildly popular as it once was, it’s by no means slouching, often fighting for the top slot on Twitch and other streaming platforms.

This is in addition to its presence as one of the top esports titles in the world, which PlayVS has offered to high school students around the country as an inter-mural competition.

PlayVS offers inter-mural esports to thousands of high schools around the United States.

“I want to personally assure you that we, along with the NFHS Network are proactively taking steps to have this decision reversed,” Tackett said in the email. “There is no place for shooter games in our schools. This announcement was particularly troubling in that it came on the anniversary of one of Kentucky’s darkest days, the Marshall County incident.”

Kentucky, like many states in the United States, has seen tragedy related to gun violence. The Marshall County incident in question saw two students killed and several injured in the 2018 shooting.

He continued to say that any Kentucky school that was part of the Athletic Association was barred from playing in any official capacity, be it through their partner PlayVS, or any other organization.

High school coaches seem to be okay with the ban, as the same article quoted Damian Layman of Boyle County High School’s esports team.

“When you start getting into the shooter-style games, I believe there’s a line,” said Laymon. “At the high school level do you want to be a part of that?”

The organization voted to require the written approval of principals, superintendents, and parents before students are even allowed to play League of Legends, Riot’s MOBA mega-hit. While LoL does have many depictions of violence, its mechanics are not defined as a shooter, and thus seem to have at least escaped an outright ban.

PlayVS has yet to comment on the ban.


Where to find Predator’s apartment at Hunter’s Haven in Fortnite

Published: 20/Jan/2021 14:14

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players looking to unlock the Bio-Helmet Online emote will need to visit Predator’s apartment, and we’ve got a handy location map to make that a whole lot easier.

Predator has finally made his grand entrance on The Island. As expected, you can find him as a Boss character at Stealthy Stronghold, where he protects an incredible Mythic item that lets you turn invisible.

Once you’ve defeated Predator – be warned, it’s an incredibly difficult challenge – and unlocked his skin, you’ll want to set your sights on completing the rest of the Jungle Hunter Quests to grab yourself the full Predator cosmetics set.

Predator Boss Fortnite
Epic Games
Predator is the latest epic crossover skin in Fortnite Season 5.

Alongside the Predator skin, players with this season’s Battle Pass will be able to unlock a Yautja Wristblades pickaxe, a Hunter’s Trophy back bling, a Bio-Helmet Online emote, and a Hunter’s Arsenal weapon wrap.

Right now, we’re going to help you complete the ‘Visit Predator’s Apartment in Hunter’s Haven as Predator’ quest to unlock the sweet Bio-Helmet Online emote that lets Predator take his mask off.

Predator’s apartment location in Fortnite

As the quest description suggests, you’ll need to head to Hunter’s Haven to find Predator’s apartment. This point of interest is located near the center of the map, just south of the Zero Point and the sandy area.

The building that contains Predator’s apartment is at the northwest of Hunter’s Haven. We’ve marked it on the handy map below so you should have no trouble finding it.

Fortnite Predator's Apartment Location
Epic Games
Predator’s apartment is located here in Hunter’s Haven.

As there will be a lot of other players hunting for this location to complete the quest, you’lll want to head straight to Hunter’s Haven, land on top of the building, and make your way down to the apartment.

You’ll know you’ve made it to the right apartment because the room now contains several static decorations that are themed around Predator, including a Weapon Rack, a Medkit, and a ‘Nightmare Platform’.

Predator's Apartment in Fortnite
Epic Games
Predator’s apartment contains new decorations themed around the iconic movie villain.

Remember you’ll also need to be wearing the Predator skin to complete this quest. If you’re not sure how to do that, we’ve got a helpful guide to beating Predator which will let you unlock the skin for yourself.

Once you’ve completed the quest, you’ll unlock the Bio-helmet Online emote, which is one of the best we’ve seen in the game as it lets you remove Predator’s mask, revealing the terrifying face beneath it.