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SypherPK hits back after Fortnite players blame him for SBMM

Published: 12/May/2020 12:50

by Jacob Hale


Popular Fortnite streamer Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has responded to backlash after players blamed him for the re-introduction of skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite modes.

Skill-based matchmaking, or SBMM, has been a hotly-debated topic within the Fortnite and wider gaming communities for some time now, with some believing that it makes sense to play against others on your level, while many feel that it makes more sense to have a wide range of abilities in the lobby at once.

That said, Sypher spoke out about how the removal of SBMM in Squads meant a lot of players ended up facing AI, or “bots” in their matches, and now that it appears the feature has been re-implemented, he is being blamed for the change.

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SypherPK is one of the biggest streamers to stick with Fortnite while other games such as Warzone and Valorant become more popular.

Although Sypher has been a strong advocate for the removal of SBMM since it was first brought into the game, many took his recent comments to mean he wants skill-based matchmaking back in the game – and things got a little hairy.

After rumors surfaced that it was put back into Squads modes shortly after being removed, players started using the hashtag #F**kSypher to express their dismay not only at the decision, but at Sypher for allegedly supporting it.

Now, the creator has responded, saying that he was “shocked” at the amount of AI in lobbies (between 60-90%) and that he thought the figure shouldn’t be that high. He finishes by asking people to “please put down the pitchforks,” clearly surprised by the backlash he received.

Of course, while many fans were angry at Sypher and Mixer star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins over the discussion they had regarding SBMM and AI, some were more level-headed. Yet, the fact that the hashtag was trending speaks volumes of how some fans feel about this style of matchmaking.

Whether the Fortnite players airing their grievances about Sypher will forgive him isn’t clear just yet, but this is likely to cause some discussion at Epic Games over what they should do about SBMM – especially when one of their most popular content creators is being chastised over it.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite Season 4 is now entering its final week, but before it wraps up, you’ve got one last batch of Challenges to get through in order to claim some huge last-minute experience.

After what feels like forever, the current Marvel-themed takeover is about to reach its conclusion. Galactus is hurtling towards the map, and the Nexus War is finally set for a major in-game event on December 1.

If you’re worried that you might not have time to fill out your Battle Pass before then, fear not. Epic Games has come through with more XP boosts this week than any week prior. You’ll be able to catch up and finish things off in no time thanks to this week’s XP Xtravaganza Challenges.

From where you’ll need to go and what you’ll need to do, we’ve got everything broken down. Here’s how you can complete Week 14’s XP offerings.

Fortnite skins
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Foil skins for the current Marvel lineup will soon be gone forever.

There are a whopping 12 Challenges to get through this week, plenty to keep you busy. Many of these can be kept in the back of your mind while you focus on some of the more tricky ones. However, there’s nothing too complex here, so you should be able to get them all done in barely a few hours of playing.

Some Challenges ask you to use certain weapons and items. Be sure to track down Assault Rifles and Boogie Bombs in every game while keeping an eye out for vehicles as well.

One unique task requires you to keep your full health bar intact along with full shields. Obviously, this might need you to camp things out and play it safe. Eight minutes is the set time so try to find a safe spot, barricade yourself in, and wait this one through.

For more casual Challenges like fishing from a motorboat or riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York, your best bet could be to drop into some Team Rumble. Trying these in the standard Battle Royale playlists might prove frustrating. The full list of Week 14 Challenges can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles to opponents (1,000/2,500/10,000)
  • Hit opponents with Boogie Bombs or Shockwave Grenades (1/9/15)
  • Fish for items from a motorboat
  • Fish for items from a motorboat and a Choppa in a single match
  • Fish for items from a motorboat a Choppa, and a pickup truck bed in a single match
  • Maintain full shield and health for 2/4/8 minutes in a single match
  • Deliver a Small Truck from outside Upstate New York to Stark Industries
  • Generate power for Stark Industries by riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York (3)
  • Harvest Buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations (1)
  • Release Slurp into the atmosphere (3)
  • Boogie before oblivion (1)
  • Eliminate opponents outside of Stark Industries, Misty Meadows, or Weeping Woods (15)
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Fishing will play a big role in your XP gains in this final week of Season 4.

Whether you’re trying to complete the Battle Pass before it’s too late, or aiming for the ultra-rare foil skins, time is running out. This is your final week in Season 4 so get through as many Challenges are you can before everything’s gone.

To get ready for the new season, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Galactus event in Fortnite.