Ninja rages after discovering secret shield ‘nerf’ in Fortnite

Published: 14/Nov/2019 10:36 Updated: 14/Nov/2019 11:03

by David Purcell


Epic Games may have implemented a secret change to Fortnite Chapter 2 and Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins doesn’t seem to be a fan – not at all. 

The popular Mixer streamer was playing his way through the battle royale game during a broadcast on November 12, dropping at several locations on the hunt for loot.

However, it didn’t take long for him to become completely exhausted during the stream after he was unable to find shields. Starting at Dirty Docks, he opened chest after chest only to be greeted by a bunch of unwanted pistols and he’s drawn his own conclusion from the matter very quickly.

Those who have been playing Fortnite since the beginning of Chapter 2 on October 15 will know that there’s been a huge patch notes-shaped hole in every update that has been released ever since the new map arrived.

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Ninja opened several chests, only to find zero mini shields in Fortnite.

There have been updates to the game’s official Trello board here and there, allowing people to at least record some changes, but it appears – at least from Ninja’s perspective – that the spawn rate of mini shields has been decreased without any announcement.

“Game just doesn’t want to give me minis man. I hate it. Bro, chat, what is this garbage?” he said, before his teammate, Reverse2k, claimed to have found a big pot already. “I know you do, but like that doesn’t defeat the fact that I literally just looted eight chests and don’t have a single mini.”

Whether or not this is an intentional change or not from the developers remains to be seen, although – based on the evidence here – it does seem as if something has been tweaked in-game.

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Ninja added: “Looting chest upon chest, upon chest, upon chest and getting no shield. There’s only two shield items in the game.”

It didn’t take long for the streamers to make light of the situation, though, as Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop joined and started to sing ‘Where are the Shields’ to the tune of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles.

After a few more frustrating moments, CouRage asked: “Wait, so because there’s no patch notes Tyler, do you think that they decreased the shield spawn rate this week?”

In truth, not many – if any – players have the answer to that question as they have not been informed of any tweaks with the v11.1 update, which went live on November 13.

Even in one of the rare chests he couldn’t get his hands on a mini, meaning he had to resort to other means… Eating mushrooms from the ground. A grueling process.


Benjyfishy says competitive Fortnite could die as prize pools keep getting lower

Published: 10/Jan/2021 17:50

by Julian Young


Season 5 of the Fortnite Competitive Series hasn’t even started, but pro players – like Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ David Fish – are already calling out Epic Games over the lack of prize money that’s up for grabs in 2021.

The Fortnite Competitive Series (FNCS) wrapped up its Season 4 competition in November 2020, and players have been eagerly awaiting the start of FNCS in Season 5. On December 4, Epic Games announced their plans for the next series of Fortnite’s top competitive tournaments.

Epic later confirmed that Season 5 of FNCS would begin on February 4. Outside of FNCS tournaments, the developer also announced they would be “putting together a schedule featuring more weekly tournaments, unique tournaments, and Creator Cups.”

While this seemed to be a community-focused move, player opinion turned negative when Epic revealed details on the prize pools for some of the additional events. After seeing the news, pro player benjyfishy voiced concerns on the state of competitive Fortnite in 2021.

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Epic’s recent announcement of “Bragging Rights” events was not well-received by the community.

Benjyfishy tweeted out two separate threads regarding the competitive scene. He began by pointing out how 2021 features the “least amount of tournaments we have ever had with the least amount of money.” He added that on top of those problems, Fortnite’s fun-factor is also at an all-time low.

The pro then voiced concerns about Epic’s distribution of prize money. “Every time we see that they lower cash cup prize pool we think that they are gonna put it into FNCS or something but it literally never happens,” he said, speaking about the reduced prize pools across the board.

Benjyfishy started his second series of tweets by mentioning how these issues were handled much better in the past. He said that there is no longer a reason for him to “grind” the game like he did in the past due to a lack of enjoyment and the smaller financial incentives.

He also shared his thoughts on the current trajectory of the competitive Fortnite scene. Benjyfishy argued that if Epic continues reducing prize pools – and the incentive for new players and veterans to compete – “the comp scene will slowly start dying out.”

And the NRG player is not the only big-name player to share concerns on the current state of FNCS and competitive Fortnite. Other prominent pros and content creators voiced their own concerns too.

Fellow pro player Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman called out Epic for the large reductions in prize money. Referencing the announcement of “Friday Nite Bragging Rights” (where winners receive a mention from the competitive Fortnite Twitter account) Wolfiez joked that prize pools have been reduced to “shoutouts.”

Other well-known players like Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo and Leon ‘Khanada’ Khim shared their own concerns on the state of competitive play. Chap joked that the FNCS prize pool would be reduced to V-Bucks, while Khanada blasted Epic over their reductions in prize pool money.

“600 for first are you f**king serious bro how does it go from 3k to 600,” the pro player asked, referencing an 80% reduction in prize money for some events. The responses from fans showed the community largely feels the same way, with many voicing their own disappointment in the smaller prize pools.

While most of the community has been critical of competitive play heading into 2021, some players are trying to find a silver lining. FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill chimed in on the subject, offering his criticism of the situation but also providing an idea for Epic to address the community’s feedback.

Using money from Battle Pass sales could be an easy way for Epic to provide higher prize pools moving forward. With revenue from each pass adding up to hundreds of millions of dollars, giving some of that back to the community could go a long way in addressing the current concerns.

Epic has not released any new updates on competitive Fortnite since the Bragging Rights announcement on January 6. It remains to be seen whether the developer will respond to the community’s backlash or take any action to up the prize pools for tournaments moving forward.