Sources Report That Epic Games Plans to Host $500,000 Summer Skirmish Solos Tournament (Unconfirmed) - Dexerto
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Sources Report That Epic Games Plans to Host $500,000 Summer Skirmish Solos Tournament (Unconfirmed)

Published: 18/Jul/2018 23:47 Updated: 11/Oct/2020 17:04

by Albert Petrosyan

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According to various sources and players, Epic Games is planning to host a $500,000 Fortnite Solos tournament on Friday, July 20 at 5 PM ET / 2 PM PT.

The competition would be the second in Epic’s ‘Summer Skirmish’ tournament series, following the $250,000 Duos tournament that was played on July 14.

This information was first reported by esports consultant and insider Rod ‘Breslau’ Slasher, who tweeted out about the event on July 18.

Just as with the first tournament, this will feature professional players and well-known content creators, as well as some of the top performers from previous in-game events.

Twitch streamer ‘Valkyrae’ who participated in last week’s Duos tournament, tweeted out that she has been invited to compete once again.

According to her post, the format for this tournament will feature 10 matches, and overall scoring will be based on placements and eliminations.

Although Epic has not yet officially confirmed or announced the tournament, the date would fall in line with the presented schedule for the Summer Skirmish, which states that the events would be held on Fridays and Saturdays.

It is not yet clear whether this tournament will be the lone one for this week, or if there will be another one played on Saturday, July 20.

Regardless, Epic will hope that this and other future events will produce quality content for their players and viewers to enjoy, which was not the case for their previous tournament.

The $250,000 Duos tournament has been considered by many to be an overall failure, due to the boring play-style and heavy server lag that ultimately led to the competition being cut short.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua banned from FNCS by Epic Games

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:44

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion David ‘aqua’ Wang has been banned by Epic Games, following controversy over alleged stream sniping against FNCS opponents.

Aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, were accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Aqua banned by Epic Games

On October 25, aqua confirmed that his account had been banned from competitive, with Epic Games simply providing the reason as “other.”

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by participating past the first match of the Finals. 

It was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy simply joked about the incident.

 

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.