Richard Lewis Explains the Direction He'd Like to See Epic Games Go with Fortnite Esports - Dexerto

Richard Lewis Explains the Direction He’d Like to See Epic Games Go with Fortnite Esports

Published: 8/Jun/2018 10:05 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 17:31

by Mike Kent


Richard Lewis is one of the world’s most renowned esports journalists. Having worked in the industry longer than some pro players have been alive, he’s well versed on what works.

The British personality saw his own stock elevated in the esports boom, and is now reaping the rewards for years of well documented hard graft that could quite easily have resulted in a very different life.

After working with TBS in Atlanta for two years, bringing authentic esports to national television, Richard now works for an undisclosed company in Las Vegas.

Although his role is off the record right now, he has continued to make YouTube videos on his channel and remains an authority on everything esports.

We wanted to discuss Richard’s career, so we invited him on the Dexerto Talk Show. During the one-hour video podcast the subject of Fortnite came up.

As someone with their finger on the pulse of what works in esports, we were keen to find out where he thinks Fortnite can live in the competitive gaming ecosystem.

When asked about the popular Battle Royale game, Richard gave a glowing review of the title and how it’s captured the world’s attention through regular and fun updates. He also expressed a desire to see the crazy prize money invested into more structure.

“I hope they will spend a large portion of that on creating like a circuit, tournaments, something that has that aspirational element around it so it’s not just a bunch of people who happen to be good at a game. Something that will give it a bit more structure, a bit more narrative. I think that would be great.

But honestly, Fortnite need to, and I’m sure they know this, Epic Games don’t need to be told anything by me, but a lot of esports and just gaming popularity in general, you’ve got to make hay while the sun shines. Right now they’re on top, rewind a year and it’s PUBG and we had all the same conversations”

After briefly discussing PUBG and H1Z1, he continued to say that he’s sure Epic know what they’re doing.

“You’ve really got to nail something done and build something while you’re on top, and if you don’t, you’re going to be constantly trying to claw back that popularity. I’m pretty sure Epic Games will have learnt that lesson and I certainly hope they put some of that money into a more traditional approach for esports.

You can watch the full episode below. The segment discussing Fortnite begins at 55 minutes.


Ali-A reveals unreleased Fortnite skin haunting Weeping Woods

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:45 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 11:47

by Connor Bennett


Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A has shown that the previously leaked Madcap skin looks to be coming soon as a mobile glitch has revealed a strange character ‘haunting’ Weeping Woods. 

Across the different Fortnite seasons and updates, Epic Games have released a vast amount of cosmetics – with fans picking out their favorites and donning them in-game. 

Typically, these skins are leaked ahead of time as leakers are able to decrypt games files that are added to the mix with each new update and patch. Some of these skins never see the light of day, or are held back for quite a while, despite being leaked following a patch. 

One of the skins that falls into this category is the Madcap – a glowing, purple, Mushroom-themed skin. It was leaked quite a while back, and while it hasn’t been available just yet, it looks like it will be pretty soon. 

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Each new Fortnite update leaks a whole host of skins.

Popular YouTuber Ali-A pointed out that some Fortnite mobile players on Android had spotted the outline of a skin sitting around in Weeping Woods. 

The character that seems to be ‘haunting’ the POI, is stood under a tree with their arms crossed. However, it’s not colorful. Instead, it’s a blacked-out silhouette – almost as if it’s going to be added soon, but is showing up as a visual glitch in-game. 

Ali-A noted that the character is most definitely Madcap because of the shape of the head, and given that he’s hanging around Weeping Woods, there might be a challenge or quest line involved with unlocking the skin.

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Even though the YouTuber’s speculation seems pretty spot on, there’s no telling if he’s right just yet because Epic Games hasn’t announced anything. 

It could very well be that, as Fortnitemares unfolds, the skin will finally be available through the item shop and there are also challenges in Weeping Woods to unlock skin styles. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see.