Fortnite

Lazarbeam reveals why he’s been struggling to play Fortnite in Chapter 2

Published: 13/Jan/2020 4:37

by Isaac McIntyre

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YouTuber Lannan ‘Lazarbeam’ Eacott has long been a big supporter of Fortnite – he even has ‘code lazar’ tattooed on his arm – but the Australian star says he believes “until there’s new content,” the battle royale is all but dead.

Lazarbeam first built his YouTube following by playing Fortnite, and doubled-down on his following alongside Epic’s battle royale with memes about the game, all of which netted him more than 12 million subscribers.

So, of course, much of his fandom has been left a bit confused as the Aussie star uploaded video after video of meme reviews, monthly updates, and ClickCrew skit videos — all with not a single Fortnite gameplay video in sight.

YouTube: LazarbeamThe Aussie YouTube star first made his name playing Epic’s popular battle royale.

Now, the YouTuber has come clean with his fans about why he hasn’t been playing the battle royale. According to Eacott, who touched on the subject on January 12, a lack of content has left him disappointed with the game’s second chapter.

“People have been asking me about Fortnite… there is absolutely no content in that game, it doesn’t exist,” Lazarbeam admitted, and added that he hoped his thoughts on the dearth of “excitement” didn’t garner him the attention of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

“I would love to make Fortnite videos, but there is straight-up nothing. I was trying to film a video the other day and I caught myself thinking ‘Damn, this would have been good, if there were launch-pads in the game’.”

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For Lazarbeam, a lack of flowing content is the main reason he feels like Fortnite fans are “attending its funeral,” and admitted there’s only so many times you can drop into the title’s default modes before it gets stale for players and fans alike.

According to the Aussie YouTuber, the best way for Epic to fix this issue would be to bring more “cool items” into the game. As well as making it “a lot more fun for casual players,” interesting items can keep the title fresh for content creators.

“Cool items make such a huge difference, they allow you to expand your content, but if they never add anything how can you think outside the box?” he said.

“There’s only so far you can stretch it. I still love Fortnite, obviously, I have ‘code lazar’ tattooed on me, but I can’t really do much until there’s content in that game. I want some variety. I want to mix it up. I need something Fortnite.”

For mobile readers, the related segment in the video below begins at 1:24.

Lazarbeam’s wish may be on the horizon, if Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s recent teasers about “more powerful” Fortnite Creative tools are to be believed.

According to the company’s founder and chief executive Sweeney, there’s plenty more to come on the horizon “in the next twelve months,” starting with the introduction of “more powerful” Creative tools to kick-start a new era.

“We’re going to see a future world of games, where users are the primary creators of content,” he explained, and admitted the improved and accelerated social features arriving in the Fortnite Creative mode were also to meet that end.

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Tim Sweeney has teased “powerful” new creative tools coming to Fortnite in the near future.

For now, Lazarbeam fans might have to wait a while before seeing their favorite YouTuber back in the game. Right now, he’s celebrating the ClickCrew’s charity drive for the Australian Bushfires, which saw them raise more than $300,000.

And just because the Aussie star has shelved Fortnite, and his need for his ‘code lazar’ tattoo, right now, doesn’t mean he won’t eventually return. Maybe Chapter 2’s fast-approaching second season will even lure him back in.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

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Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.