#Removethemech trending worldwide as Fortnite pros and orgs revolt on Epic - Dexerto

#Removethemech trending worldwide as Fortnite pros and orgs revolt on Epic

Published: 10/Aug/2019 1:03 Updated: 10/Aug/2019 1:48

by Albert Petrosyan


Competitive players and esports organizations have unified in a public movement against the BRUTE mech suits in Fortnite Battle Royale, enough to get the hashtag #REMOVETHEMECH trending worldwide on Twitter.

It’s been a contentious time for Fortnite players in recent weeks, to say the least, with most of their frustrations surrounding the overpowered BRUTEs that are currently dominating the popular battle royale title.

These frustrations reached a critical boiling point on August 9, when Epic Games announced that the mech suits were not only here to stay, but would also remain in the Arena, cash prize tournaments, and in other competitive modes.

Predictably, this led to a lot of the prominent members of the competitive community to express their outrage on social media, and they were surprisingly joined by top-tier esports organizations in their efforts to convince Epic to act. 

Collectively, players and organizations spammed #REMOVETHEMECH on Twitter so much, that the hashtag made it high up on the most trending tweets worldwide. 

While it’s not everyday that a hashtag like this makes it so high up the trending charts, it actually comes as no major surprise, considering the sheer amount of prominent Twitter accounts that were tweeting it out.

Fortnite superstars Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff, who nearly have a combined four million followers on the platform, certainly played a big role in the getting this avalanche started. 

As for organizations, some of the top esports teams in the world joined in on this movement, making sure that the hashtag go as much juice as possible.

The list of orgs includes FaZe Clan, Team SoloMid, and Luminosity Gaming, all of whom hold a major presence in Fortnite esports. 


Since the addition of the mech suits at the start of Season X, a large majority of the player-base has called on Epic Games to either remove the vehicle, or nerf it to the point where they are no longer a game-changer.

Equipped with 1,000 health points, a shotgun that deals 50 damage, a missile launcher that can fire 10 missiles at once, and an overshield that protects the user, these BRUTES usually mean certain death when they come against anyone, even the best players in the world. 

Unfortunately, as far as nerfing them go, Epic have decided the best they could do is add a laser that provides both a visual and auditory warning to players when they are getting targeted by the rocket launcher, which doesn’t seem like it will help all that much.

However, with #REMOVETHEMECH no taking center-stage on social media, the ball is now in Epic’s court, and they have a big decision on their hands. 


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.