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Ninja claims Fortnite controller aim assist is an “aimbot”

Published: 4/Apr/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven


Popular Mixer streamer and Fortnite veteran Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has called out Epic Games’ battle royale for a lack of balance between controller and mouse and keyboard.

The mouse and keyboard versus controller debate is not a new discussion, particularly in the Fortnite community. Despite being less than three years old, Epic’s acclaimed BR has been the subject of constant debate following the decision to allow controller players to compete against those using a mouse and keyboard.

Among others, we have seen World Cup Winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf try his hand at Fortnite with a controller. The 16-year-old was concerned it was too strong, and explained how he thinks it could be better balanced.

Bugha wins 2019 Fortnite World Cup
Epic Games
Bugha, the WC winner, has previously referred to aim assist as far too powerful.

Now, Fortnite’s most prominent content creator and one of the game’s pioneers has weighed in on the discussion, coming firmly down on the side of most mouse and keyboard players. 

In an April 3 tweet, Ninja explained that, having played with a controller via a PC, he found aim assist to be far too strong when compared to a mouse and keyboard player. 

“Just played with a controller on PC for the second time in two days,” Blevins said. “I have competed in several games at a competitive level on both controller and mouse and keyboard. You cannot tell me that with 100% strength aim assist and linear settings that using a controller isn’t aimbot.” 

Prior to his streaming career, Ninja played professional Halo – a game that is played exclusively with a controller on Xbox. He has since switched to mouse and keyboard gaming, including on Fortnite.

When using a mouse and keyboard players do not receive any aim assist as a result of the more precise movements that come with a mouse. Ninja clearly feels this is an unfair trade-off.

It’s important to distinguish between controller play on a PC and a console. When playing on a console, players are limited in terms of frame rate, input lag and other graphical settings.

On a PC, most of these caps are improved, but players still receive the same level of aim assist. It is the latter which Ninja thinks is too strong.

While Ninja’s criticism is echoed by a large number of mouse and keyboard players, there are just as many controller players who argue that the accuracy of a mouse is far greater than joysticks. It is for this reason that Epic are backed into a corner. 


How to get Predator’s Cloaking Device and go invisible in Fortnite

Published: 20/Jan/2021 10:48

by Daniel Megarry


Predator has arrived in Fortnite, and he’s brought a new Mythic item called the Cloaking Device that can make players invisible. Here’s how, and where, to find it.

Season 5 of Epic Games’ popular battle royale has followed Agent Jonesy as he brings the world’s best hunters to the island. So far we’ve had God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, and The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne.

Now, after weeks of teasing, the iconic movie villain Predator has landed on The Island as the latest hunter for players to encounter. Players can unlock a Predator skin and several cosmetics, and there’s even an NPC to be found.

Perhaps most exciting, though, is that players can get their hands on a new Mythic item called Predator’s Cloaking Device, which turns players temporarily invisible. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Where to find Predator’s Cloaking Device in Fortnite

To get Predator’s Cloaking Device, you’ll need to know where to go. Much like The Mandalorian, the newly-added Boss character will remain in a specific location, and you’ll need to defeat him to get a hold of the Mythic item he protects.

Predator can be found wandering around Stealthy Stronghold. It makes sense, as his ship recently crash-landed there, and players have heard his hunting call emerging from the jungle-like location for a while now.

Fortnite Predator Location

You’ll need to defeat Predator, which won’t be an easy task as he’s incredibly agile and utilizes his invisibility effect. We’d recommend landing as quickly as possible into Stealthy Stronghold, getting yourself some decent weapons, and then taking him on.

Once you’ve taken him down, he’ll drop one or more of the following items: Predator’s Cloaking Device, Floppers, Ammo, and 30 Gold.

As with any new addition to Fortnite, when Predator arrives on the map there will likely be a flurry of players trying to take him out and get the Mythic item for themselves. Be prepared for a difficult battle.

How to use Predator’s Cloaking Device in Fortnite

Using the new Predator’s Cloaking Device is as easy as using any other item in the game. You simply equip the Mythic item in your inventory and press the ‘shoot’ button to turn it on.

While the prospect of going invisible is certainly an exciting one, Epic Games have of course made sure that play remains fair for everyone. As a result, players will be “nearly” invisible and the effect will only last a short time.

Invisibility will work for a maximum of 30 seconds, and there will be a 30 second cooldown time. Players will get a warning five seconds before they de-cloak.

Taking down opponents with the Cloaking Device might not be as easy as you think, either. The invisibility effect will disappear if you change weapons or enter the water. Still, it should give you an advantage, and if nothing else it will be fun to try out.