#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. 


Why Fortnite players want “trash” vehicle challenges removed

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:26

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players are getting frustrated with vehicle challenges, with some of them asking Epic Games to remove them from the popular battle royale entirely – here’s why.

Vehicles have become a staple of Fortnite, and The Island wouldn’t be the same without them. Whether you want to cruise the roads in a car, take to the waters in a motorboat, or even zoom around the skies in a plane, you can do that (unless they get vaulted, that is).

But while they may be fun to ride, they’re not necessarily going to help you win; there’s no respawning in Fortnite’s battle royale mode, so driving a noisy vehicle that will get the attention of all your opponents isn’t always the best idea.

Fortnite motorboat locations

Despite this, vehicles often feature in the game’s challenges, which are essential to earn that all-important XP to help level up the Battle Pass – and it’s something players are getting frustrated with.

Most recently, the Season 5 Week 7 legendary challenge requires players to ‘Damage Opponents in Vehicles’, with quite a few tiers to tick off. Completing this challenge in full requires a total of 2,500 damage to opponents in vehicles, which is no easy task.

In a Reddit thread titled “Can we stop with the vehicle challenges please?” several Fortnite players have left comments airing their frustration about the constant vehicle-based quests and how hard they are to finish.

Can we stop with the vehicle challenges please? from FortNiteBR

“The vehicle challenges are absolute trash,” wrote one player, while another added: “The game’s just becoming more and more of a grind, the legendary challenges have been a joke this season.”

The main problem people seem to have with vehicle challenges is that once they go live, no one wants to drive as they’ll become a target for other players wanting to complete the challenge. As a result, you have 100 players waiting to damage vehicles, and no one actually driving them.

Besides this frustration, other players have argued that there aren’t enough vehicles located around the map to be able to complete the challenge in the first place, and to make matters worse, there are no vehicle-based LTMs to get easy damage in either.

Fortnite vehicles
Epic Games
Players are calling for vehicle challenges to be removed from Fortnite.

“Just this challenge existing means people are not going to drive vehicles as much because everyone is going to be waiting for someone else to get in a vehicle so that they can shoot them,” wrote one player.

Another added: “I thought the mission was to deal damage WHILE riding in a vehicle. But since it’s to deal damage TO people in a vehicle, I’m thinking ‘Who the hell would make themselves a target like that?'”

A third pointed out that many vehicles are riddled with bugs and glitches, which makes having to use them even more frustrating: “No one’s riding in them unless they have to because they’re really buggy currently.”

Whether Epic will take heed of these concerns remains to be seen, although it seems unlikely right now.

They did recently promise to ‘look into’ claims that the customizable superhero skin was “unfair” and effectively “pay-to-win” as it allowed players to hide at night, so they are definitely listening when needed.