LazarBeam slams Fortnite’s “pointless” new UI changes

Published: 30/Mar/2020 7:51 Updated: 31/Mar/2020 5:48

by Isaac McIntyre


Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott has taken aim at Epic’s choice to change Fortnite’s user interface in Chapter 2, dubbing the screen updates “literally pointless,” and likening them to “screen vomit” instead of improvements.

Fortnite’s reset into Chapter 2 has been a divisive move so far. It’s been dubbed as a “boring” change for all. Even the battle royale’s biggest defender, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has opened fire on the title, admitting he “feels bad” for the fans.

LazarBeam ⁠— who previously warned the battle royale could be on its final legs, and admits he’s “really worried” for its future ⁠— has also found fault with the new updates. His issues, however, are a little less gameplay related.

LazarBeam took a swipe at Epic's choice to overhaul the old Fortnite UI.
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LazarBeam took a swipe at Epic’s choice to overhaul the old, “clean” Fortnite user-interface.

According to Eacott, Epic needs to consider reverting the Fortnite UI (user interface) during matches. He likened Chapter 2’s gun layouts, info-bars, and medal popups to “screen vomit.” In his eyes, something has to change, and “fast.”

“Potentially controversial opinion…I miss the old UI. The medal and experience bar system is literally pointless screen vomit. I don’t need a giant medal on my screen ‘cause I’m in the top 50!” he posted on Twitter.

Fortnite has also seen a number of quests added, including collecting rare fish. Those “dumb pop-ups” aren’t necessary either, the Aussie star said, and added “he doesn’t need a giant medal on my screen cause [he] caught a f**king fish!”

This isn’t the first time LazarBeam has suggested Fortnite’s original chapter ⁠— just dubbed Seasons 1 through 10 back then ⁠— was a better experience than the game is now. He even admitted to “watching old videos” and reminiscing.

“Game was so simple, clean, and fun [back then]. It felt like the entire globe discovered and experienced this game together. I’m emotional man!” he said in another tweet earlier this month, days before the Helicopter update.

He did admit Epic Games had “done a good job keeping the game exciting,” with the patches they’ve rolled out recently. “There was a reason it took over the world,” he added. He believes that spark has been missing in Chapter 2 so far.

That isn’t through lack of trying from Epic’s behalf, however. The devs have poured new guns, high-flying vehicles, and a hefty helping of challenges into Chapter 2 so far, and there’s even more new stuff on the horizon too.

According to Fortnite’s devs, there’s “unbelievable things” still to come. They’ve stayed relatively quiet about what that could mean, though. Let’s hope, for LazarBeam’s sake at least, the changes include a new Fortnite UI overhaul.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.