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Strange Fortnite bug lets players edit through multiple builds

Published: 20/Jan/2020 16:23

by Connor Bennett

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A Fortnite player has uncovered a strange new bug that lets them edit through multiple built levels despite being stood directly under a build. 

Even though Fortnite Chapter 2 re-injected some hype from players that had gone missing towards the end of seasons nine and ten, the new instalment of the popular battle royale title hasn’t been without its faults.

Players have registered complaints about issues with the new mechanics – mainly the player carry bug – as well as the long-standing trap items, and even being able to hop on a zip line while being miles below or above. Yet, another new problem has reared its head regarding the game’s building, giving players the chance to edit layers despite having built-in between them. 

An image of a Fortnite character editing a wall.
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Building is a key element in Fortnite but it has had its issues in the past.

It was pointed out by Reddit user I_dun_did_da_reserch, as they posted a demonstration of the bug to the FortniteCompetitive subreddit, questioning “what the f**is this?”  

In the post, the Redditor was able to perfectly edit their way through a layer of their sky-high build despite standing one level below an already-built floor. I_dun_did_da_reserch’s editing capabilities were not limited in any way, though, as they were able to turn the full floor into a half-wall with ease. 

What the fuck is this? from FortniteCompetitive

While the post didn’t pick up much traction, the Fortnite fan was still left questioning why the problem was happening in-game – offering up a further explanation to one commenter who had seemingly been confused about the clip.

“I can grab it from just about any angle so long as I’m pressed up against the floor above me,” I_dun_did_da_reserch explained.

While phasing through an opponents build and claiming walls are techniques used by Fortnite players, this glitch takes that to the next level – though, it’s unknown if actually works on enemy walls. 

As of writing, Epic Games haven’t yet picked up on the issue but if it rears its head in the future and becomes a bigger problem they’ll probably have to make a change at some point. 

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Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos

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Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.