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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.


How to open chests in Upstate New York for Fortnite Week 10 challenges

Published: 29/Oct/2020 14:26 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 14:29

by Matt Porter


The tenth week of Fortnite’s Season 4 has arrived, and with a new set of weekly challenges comes one task that asks players to open chests in Upstate New York. While this may sound confusing, here’s everything you need to make this challenge simple. 

Fortnitemares has officially arrived, with Midas reappearing for the first time since his Device experiment backfired badly, flooding the entire island at the end of Season Two. Midas has regained control of The Agency, and his army of Shadow Henchmen are ready to cause chaos.

Of course, the overarching Season 4 storyline is all about superheroes, with Marvel characters invading the island. The evil Galactus is on his way, and heroes like Tony Stark, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine have made Fortnite their home as they prepare for battle.

With these characters, new POIs and locations have appeared, and to complete this specific challenge you’ll need to head to Upstate New York. While this may sound like a strange request, it actually exists as a landmark inside the game. If you aren’t sure where to find it though, we’ve got everything you need to complete this task.

Stark Industries POI in Fortnite Season 4.
Epic Games
Stark Industries arrived as a POI in Season 4, included inside Upstate New York.

Where to find Upstate New York in Fortnite Season 4

When Stark Industries arrived in Fortnite Season 4, you may have noticed that the POI is located inside what appears to be a massive bubble, which covers a large portion of the north-east corner of the island. It’s easy to spot, as the area is marked on the map for you, and the trees inside it are lovely shades of yellow and orange, compared to the normal green trees elsewhere.

Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe will know that Stark calls New York his home, with the Stark Industries tower planted in the middle of New York City. Even the Avengers base in later films is located in Upstate New York. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise then that his location in Fortnite was originally planted in the state of New York, which has now been transported to the island.

Thankfully, once you know where Upstate New York is, it’s easy to complete this Week 10 challenge, as all you need to do is open seven chests inside this landmark. They don’t even have to be opened in the same match, so just pick them up as you see them and you’ll finish this task eventually. If you’re still not sure where to go, we’ve included an image below.

Map showing location of Upstate New York landmark.
Epic Games
Map showing the Upstate New York landmark in Fortnite.

It may take a couple of visits to Upstate New York to finish off this task, as there will be plenty of other people attempting it too. While Stark Industries has the most chests, it may be easier to head to some of the smaller buildings located in the zone, as they will be quieter and make you less likely to face enemies.

It’s well worth completing this task if you’re ranking up your Season 4 Battle Pass, as this offers a massive 25,000 XP reward, which will help you unlock new skins and cosmetic items.