The tournament took place over three days, kicking off with a solos tournament on Friday, March 1 before transitioning into a Duos competition for March 2 and 3.
While Ghost Gaming’s Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales and NRG star Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin took home the grand prize of $80,000, Kolcheff and his teammate Aydan ‘Ghost Aydan’ Conrad finished in 46th place, with NICKMERCS posting on Twitter after the event to explain how many issues players were faced with throughout the tournament.
Heading into the final game of the ESL Katowice Royale, Kolcheff’s Fortnite client crashed completely, with the tournament admins choosing not to remake the lobby, instead allowing play to continue.
FaZe Clan’s Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore then revealed that a further six to eight players left the game when they realized that NICKMERCS was having issues, with ESL still choosing not to restart the game. Kolcheff appeared to be unhappy with this decision, posting a GIF of an angry cartoon character bursting into flames in response to Cloak's tweet.
Kolcheff went on to address other problems he encountered at the tournament, including bugs with the game’s Quadcrasher, intense lag that meant players were unable to build or use their glider, and “headsets that destroyed your ears via static shock.”
“This event wasn’t the greatest experience,” concluded NICKMERCS. “GGs, excited to get back home.”
Last game, Fortnite crashes, they don’t remake. Quad bug, server lag where you can’t build or glide, & headsets that destroy your ears via static shock. This event wasn’t the greatest experience. Nevertheless, GGs, excited to get back home.— Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) March 3, 2019
Kolcheff and other Fortnite pros suffered from a number of issues on Saturday, March 2 too, with the 100 Thieves star complaining that he had no audio throughout the first game of the Duos tournament, while FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill found himself eliminated after falling foul of the Quadcrasher glitch.
With so many issues plaguing the ESL Katowice Royale, it will be interesting to see how Epic Games responds to these problems, as the developers continue to push competitive Fortnite ahead of the 2019 World Cup later this year.