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Major Fortnite FPS problems revealed and how to avoid them

Published: 5/Jul/2020 15:57

by Daniel Cleary

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An unusual Fortnite bug has been found with bushes that are scattered around the map, causing players to endure massive FPS (frames per second) drops when hiding their character inside of them.

The map in Fortnite is constantly evolving, with major changes introduced to the island at the start of almost every season in the popular battle royale.

While much has changed since the game’s launch, there are some points-of-interest and map features that have surprisingly stuck around over the years.

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Fortnite bushes were a Legendary consumable item before being vaulted in Chapter 2.

One of those features is the bushes that can be found across the map, allowing players to take cover inside and potentially outplay their opponents using this neat hiding spot.

Bushes were first included as part of the environment, however, they were also made to be a legendary consumable item in Chapter 1 and could be equipped to provide cover on the fly.

The consumable version of the feature was vaulted after they were made useless with the recent addition of bigger bushes, in Chapter 2, which now seem to be causing players to suffer some unusual framerate bugs in-game.

Fortnite player u/justukasz posted a short clip of the issues on Reddit, revealing that they would lose over a third of their framerate when hiding in or even facing these Chapter 2 map features.

Posting it here because i don’t think casuals will care about this. Basically you get some massive fps drops when being or looking at a bush, so if you’re struggling with fps make sure to stay away from bushes 🙂 from FortniteCompetitive

 

“Basically you get some massive fps drops when being or looking at a bush, so if you’re struggling with fps make sure to stay away from bushes,” the Fortnite fan explained, warning others to avoid them if possible.

How to avoid FPS drops

The post received a lot of support from other players, who had also been affected by these issues, and one user claimed that these “massive FPS drops” would be particularly noticeable for those with a GPU-bound PC.

This is not the first bug that to have a significant effect on the frame rate in Fortnite, as it was also revealed that some of the Season 3 skins, such as the ‘Blaze’ Renegade Raider set, were also causing players’ FPS to plummet.

So, you’ll want to avoid bushes at all costs, and stay away from the Renegade Raider set to keep your FPS smooth.

As of now, Epic Games have not yet responded to any of the recent issues, although it is likely they will look to address some of the bugs in later updates.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.