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Major changes coming to Fortnite’s Streamer Mode that will further help prevent stream sniping

Published: 28/Jan/2019 23:09 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 23:12

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have announced they’re taking additional measures against stream sniping by making some critical changes to the Streamer Mode in Fortnite Battle Royale. 

For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘stream sniping’ refers to the act of deliberately trying to join the same match as someone who is live-streaming in order to mess with their gaming experience.

The current Streamer Mode prevents that to an extent by making the the names of the streamer and everyone else in the match anonymous in the elimination feed, although that has not stopped some of the more advanced stream snipers. 

In order to further address this issue, Epic are changing Streamer Mode to now feature two different options – ‘Anonymous’ and ‘Hide Other Players’ Names.’ 

The first option, Anonymous, will work very similarly to the current system in that the streamer’s name will appear anonymous but the names of everyone else in the match will appear as normal.

NinjaNinja has arguably been affected by Fortnite stream snipers the most, and it sometimes spoils his gaming experience.

The other option, which is the newer of the two, will turn every single player’s name anonymous, including the streamer’s, and they will be shown as a random ‘Player #’ in the elimination feed.

Players will be able to enable both of these options at the same time in order to avoid stream snipers as much as possible.

These changes will be implemented in the upcoming v7.30 update on January 28, and the details were made public after Epic sent them to each player who is an official member of the ‘Support-a-Creator’ program.


Only time will tell whether or not this will considerably help fix the stream sniping problem in Fortnite, but it will at least appease some of the prominent live-streamers who often complain about the issue.

Fortnite superstar such as Ninja, Tfue, Myth, and many others have been calling for Epic to take some proactive approach to addressing stream sniping, and it appears that the developers have finally listened. 


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.