New 'Bouncer' Item is Coming Soon to Fortnite Battle Royale! - Dexerto
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New ‘Bouncer’ Item is Coming Soon to Fortnite Battle Royale!

Published: 4/Jun/2018 0:21 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 16:54

by Albert Petrosyan

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A new item called “Bouncer” is coming soon to Fortnite: Battle Royale, and it appears to be a revamped version of a similar item that was removed from the game long ago.

The Message of the Day in the pregame menu shows the new Bouncer with a light blue background and is officially noted to be coming soon.

On the announcement screen, the new item is caption with the following description:

Place this pad for a bounce boost – no fall damage!

Judging from the image and the wording used in the caption, the new Bouncer item will give players a big, aerial boost in whichever direction they choose.

However, it appears that the way it will differ from the Jump Pad that is currently in the game is that players will not be forced to use their Gliders to slow down their fall, since this new item will not inflict fall damage.

The new Bouncer is sure to remind veteran players of Fortnite: Battle Royale of the old jump pad type item that existed during Season 1, but was removed shortly thereafter.

The addition of this new item appears to be part of a trend from developer Epic Games to promote action and movement that involves flight, as the Bouncer will join the Jetpack and Hop Rocks as the new aerial items that have been introduced so far in Season 4.

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Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos

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Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.