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Ninja warns Epic that stream snipers could kill Fortnite

Published: 23/Mar/2019 11:00 Updated: 23/Mar/2019 11:36

by Marcus Banks


Stream snipers have plagued battle royale games and Fortnite is no different – Twitch superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins believes more needs to be done to eradicate the issue.

Since the game’s inception, players have intentionally attempted to ruin top streamers’ experience by watching their live feed to gain an unfair advantage.

Almost every large content creator or professional player has encountered the issue, most recently CouRage who was able to catch his stream sniper in the act and hopefully get him banned for good.

NinjaDue to his popularity on Twitch, Ninja is a regular target of stream snipers

Despite Twitch actively banning users who are caught stream sniping and broadcasting it on the platform, Ninja believes that Epic Games must do more to crack down on the issue to give streamers the best experience possible.

He cited the success achieved by Apex Legends as the main reason to give priority to streamers and content creators ahead of regular users of the game.

“Content creators make video games dude,” Blevins said. “Take Apex for example. It was a free game, EA paid a bunch of creators to play the game and it blew up. It made 90 million in its first month – that’s amazing!”

“But, I guarantee it wouldn’t have been that successful if it wasn’t for those streamers who promoted it, they need to be valued more than a normal person who plays that game – you take care of your customers.”

Ninja believes that Fortnite could suffer a similar fate to H1Z1 unless drastic action is taken against stream snipers which might force him to quit the game for good.

“Stream snipers got so out of control [in H1Z1] that I stopped playing the game,” Ninja explains.

“Putting on a delay isn’t streaming – I shouldn’t have to put a 30 second delay on to stop people getting into my game.

PUBG got out of control – I stopped playing PUBG. It’s the same thing with Fortnite. Epic needs to go above and beyond for the top content creators to have the best experience they possibly can.”

Fortnite have added a hidden matchmaking delay as well as an anonymous mode in the past to reduce the problem but players are still able to queue up with the top streamers easily.

Stream sniping ruins the experience for both the streamer and viewer and more does need to be done to eradicate the issue once and for all.


Fortnite leak reveals more classic vehicles returning soon

Published: 16/Jan/2021 13:06

by Connor Bennett


A fresh Fortnite leak has hinted at the return of some classic vehicles, including the controversial Baller hamster ball and even the ATK Golf Cart. 

Back in Fortnite Season 4, Epic Games gave fans of the battle royale a new way to get around the island – a shopping cart. From there, the vehicles in Fortnite have only gotten bigger and better. 

Though, they haven’t been without controversy. The Baller, X-4 Stormwing, and Brute Mech were the source of much anger in the Fortnite community because of how powerful they were – with all three prompting exploits where players could easily win games without much legwork. 

In Fortnite Chapter 2, a number of different cars have been introduced. They’re not as whacky or powerful as the old vehicles, and while they are helpful, some players do yearn for the Shopping Cart and Quadcrasher’s returns. 

fortnite winter planes with characters on the wings
Epic Games
The controversial planes returned in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Well, according to a handful of new leaks, players might be getting their wish after a few of the older vehicles were given a refresh in the v15.20 patch.

According to Fortnite leakers FNBRUnreleased and InTheShadeYT, the Baller, Hoverboard, and ATK Golf Cart were all updated in the recent patch.

“Ballers and Hoverboard have been also updated! We may see them making a return soon,” FNBRUnreleased posted, while noting that the textures for the ATK Golf Cart were also refreshed. However, there doesn’t seem to be much of a change from the way the ATK’s used to look. 

There’s nothing mentioned about when exactly the vehicles could return, but it does seem possible that they could appear in this season. We got the Stormwings back over the holiday period, after all. 

Until we see them in-game though, it is worth noting that nothing is confirmed. Epic might have plans to bring them back, but scrap them based on something else that happens – say, they’re not compatible with another item. So, let’s just wait and see.