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Ninja explains how “abysmal” lag is ruining competitive Fortnite

Published: 25/Nov/2019 0:01

by Andrew Amos


Fortnite Battle Royale star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has taken aim at Epic Games over “abysmal” lag in events like the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS), saying it’s ruining the game.

Competitive Fortnite has had its highs and lows. From the $30 million World Cup in New York, to accusations of cheating in online cups, Fortnite has had a rocky rise up the esports ladder.

However, the problems haven’t stopped yet. The popular Battle Royale has been plagued by server lag over the last few weeks of FNCS, its premier tournament, and pros are fed up.

Eric Ananmalay / ESPAT MediaCompetitive Fortnite has been plagued by lag issues for ages, and pros are now getting fed up.

Ninja complained after Week 4 of FNCS, saying that not only is playing the game unbearable in its current state, but the lag makes it worse for spectators as well.

“After competing in squads and competitive and watching these matches as well, I can’t imagine how much more entertaining these matches would be for the audience if we could actually flex talent and not have to deal with abysmal lag,” Ninja said.

Players struggle to show off their full potential on laggy servers, and at times it can feel like the team who lags the least wins, rather than the best team. 

Ninja isn’t the first Fortnite pro to complain about the game’s lag during FNCS and Solo Cash Cup matches. Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and his squad were complaining about lag during their second-place finish in Week 3 of FNCS, with players jumping all across the map during the matches.

Week 2 of FNCS was also plagued by performance issues with some players being unable to connect to the servers, and others not having the points calculated. 

Fortnite caster Arten ‘Ballatw’ Esa has backed up Ninja’s claims, saying that lag has been a “perpetual issue” since the beginning of competitive Fortnite.

Some players have reasoned that most of the lag has to do with the Fortnite Chapter 2 update. The new map and associated visual elements that came with it have reduced performance significantly, with Tfue describing it as feeling like “playing at 100 ping.

Regardless of lag or server issues, Ninja’s FNCS Week 4 didn’t go to plan. While he finished in seventh in the first round, round two saw Ninja’s squad fall to 61st and fail to qualify for the final round.

After weeks of complaints about lag though, Epic will be more than aware of server issues during their massive tournaments, and will be looking towards solving the problem.


Dele Alli roasts Kieran Trippier’s skills on Fortnite

Published: 1/Dec/2020 12:16

by Jacob Hale


Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli has roasted England international teammate Kieran Trippier over his gaming skills, bluntly calling him “really bad” at Fortnite.

Alli has recently become a global ambassador for Excel, one of the 10 League of Legends teams in the LEC and a powerhouse of UK esports, having made clear his love of gaming in recent years with his streams on Twitch.

Dele sat down to talk about his love of gaming with Excel, discussing FIFA, Fortnite, and some of the other top footballers he’s played with — but had a few less-than-savoury thoughts on his former Spurs teammate’s abilities.

After being asked who’s “not very good at gaming,” Trippier fell immediately into the firing line.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Excel Esports
Dele joins a growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene in one way or another.

With a laugh at his friend’s misfortune, Dele revealed that the former Spurs man, unfortunately, falls into that category.

“Kieran Trippier was very late to gaming” Dele said, offering his former teammate somewhat of a lifeline. Before cracking up laughing again, the star added: “He jumped on it and he’s got a lot better but, at the start…”

Dele continued: “He joined Fortnite when we had all been playing for a while, and it was the first time he had played with a controller… so if you tell him to press X, he wouldn’t know which was X.”

Not content with letting his name be slandered in the gaming world, Kieran himself quickly responded with some laughing emojis, backing himself up by clarifying that he actually “wasn’t that bad,” though it doesn’t sound great for the full back.

Now, surely, fans will be desperate to see Dele and Kieran go head-to-head with one another to see if the latter is really as bad as he sounds.