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Leaker reveals how Fortnite kept Travis Scott event hidden

Published: 25/Apr/2020 15:31 Updated: 26/Apr/2020 11:01

by Calum Patterson

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A Fortnite leaker has revealed how Epic Games tried to keep the Travis Scott event a secret and avoid major data mined leaks from spoiling it, by using code words.

This isn’t the first time Epic has put on a major event, as the previous in-game concert by Marshmello was also a viral hit. However, that event was leaked heavily in advance.

That isn’t to say that the Travis Scott event was kept totally secret, as leakers did find evidence of a skin for the rapper in the game files, but no one knew a major concert was coming until Epic teased it in-game themselves.

This was a big improvement in Epic’s ongoing battle against leakers, and it looks like they used some simple trickery to avoid it being easily found in the game files.

Unlike the Travis Scott skin (which was simply a cosmetic set called ‘Travis Scott’), the event itself was called ‘CycloneJerky’ in the game files. This led to rampant speculation about the “jerky event”, but no one had any idea what this meant.

Leakers did note that the Marshmello concert had also been called Jerky, but it looks like this is Epic’s way of misleading data miners to prevent them from finding big upcoming content or events.

It looks like ‘CycloneJerky’ was simply used for ‘CJ’, standing for Cactus Jack, one of Travis Scott’s nicknames.

In fact, it’s not the first time Epic have used this trick. Lucas7Yoshi also gave examples of other initials used to cover up new content in the game files.

These include ‘ZebraWallet’ for Zone Wars, or ‘TourBus’ for Tyler Blevins (aka Ninja).

Perhaps Epic thought that the ‘TS’ initials would have been too obvious for data miners, and so opted for Travis’s Cactus Jack name instead.

We can likely expect more in-game concerts in the future too, not least because of the massive viewing numbers for this latest event. Over 10 million players watched live in-game.

Additionally, the new single revealed in the concert, with Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, instantly shot to number one, proving a Fortnite concert could be the perfect way for artists to promote new music.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.