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Ninja hits out at speculation of Fortnite’s alleged skill-based matchmaking

Published: 3/Mar/2019 21:30 Updated: 3/Mar/2019 21:38

by Virginia Glaze


Popular Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is fairly skeptical of Fortnite’s possible switch to skill-based matchmaking, as told during a live stream following the game’s Season 8 update.

Ninja speculated that Fortnite hasn’t actually introduced the change, instead arguing that players have improved across the board since the game’s release in 2017.

“I’m telling you, man, everyone’s just really good now,” Ninja said of the issue. “[TimTheTatMan] truly does believe that they added skill-based matchmaking, but I’m just not sure, yet.”

The streamer went on to claim that wait times for lobbies and queues would be much longer, were the change actually implemented, and noted that solos are becoming a popular haven for competitive play over squads and duos.

“I don’t think they did,” he continued. “Solos are sweatier, man. Duos and squads are the casual thing to do.”

Epic GamesSpeculation of skill-based matchmaking was introduced with the game’s v7.10 update – although no mention of such a system was found in the update’s patch notes.

Speculation arose as to a possible skill-based matchmaking system after Fortnite’s third v7.10 update went live in January, with players like Counter Logic Gaming’s ‘Wish’ claiming that every solo he played was a scrim lobby.

However, no mention of such a matchmaking system was found in the update’s patch notes – nor in the Season 8 update files.

Fortnite’s playerbase has historically been widely divided on the subject, with some pros feeling the change would “kill” the game (a la Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ debacle), while others argue that it would improve upon their experience exponentially.

Epic GamesWhile many players are happy with Fortnite’s Season 8 changes, some pros aren’t so keen on the update – including the likes of FaZe Tfue.

Concern has since arisen of streamers quitting Fortnite due to its sudden rise in difficulty – although the release of battle royale Apex Legends could have something to do with such claims, as the two are often pitted against one another in popularity contests.


Fortnite Halo Master Chief skin leaked and coming soon

Published: 3/Dec/2020 12:15 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 12:33

by Jacob Hale


New leaks suggest that Halo’s iconic Master Chief character might be coming to Fortnite, as the collaborations keep coming in to Epic Games’ hit battle royale title.

In recent Fortnite seasons, we’ve already seen Marvel characters make their way into the game and, for Season 5, a collaboration with The Mandalorian brings new cosmetics and challenges to the game.

For the strong legion of fans of the Halo series though, whether they still play it regularly or not, the idea of playing as Master Chief in Fortnite will be a hugely exciting one.

Here’s what we know about Master Chief in Fortnite so far.

Halo Infinite cover Master Chief
Halo Infinite is due to release soon, making it the perfect time for a Fortnite collab.

Is Master Chief coming to Fortnite?

While there has been no official confirmation or even a hint from Fortnite or Halo devs Bungie, the leaks are starting to grace the internet, bringing the character that the entire Halo story is based around to the daunting battle royale island.

After an initial tweet from FNBRLeaks suggested that there would be a collaboration in the future — including a Red vs Blue LTM (Red and Blue are the two teams in Halo) as well as cosmetics — it was backed up with screenshots of the rumored cosmetics.

As you can see in the tweet below, there is allegedly a Master Chief outfit coming to the game, as well as a Lil’ Warthog Emote and a UNSC Pelican Glider arriving, both from the Halo series.

When is Master Chief coming to Fortnite?

As for when the leaked Master Chief is due to arrive, we don’t have much information yet. On December 2, leaks revealed that God of War’s Kratos will be arriving in Fortnite during Season 5.

Some fans have theorized that Kratos could be arriving in Season 5 for PlayStation fans (as God of War is a PlayStation exclusive) whereas Master Chief could be the Xbox alternative, with Halo being Xbox-exclusive.

If they do come at or around the same time, Season 5 is due to end on March 16, so expect to see these arrive by then if they’re both expected this season.

As always, take these leaks with a pinch of salt — while they come from reliable sources, we never the full details on these until Epic Games confirm them, so we’ll just have to wait and see.