Why has 'The Baller' in Fortnite been disabled? Epic Games respond [UPDATED] - Dexerto

Why has ‘The Baller’ in Fortnite been disabled? Epic Games respond [UPDATED]

Published: 18/Mar/2019 14:09 Updated: 18/Mar/2019 17:21

by Calum Patterson


Update, March 18, 12:30 EST: ‘The Baller’ has now been re-enabled in Fortnite, and Epic Games has stated that they “collected the data they were looking for”. It’s unknown if a fix for the random death bug has been rolled out.

Epic Games disabled the newest mobility feature in Fortnite Battle Royale, ‘The Baller’, on March 18 as they investigated issues, presumably due to the random death glitch discovered by players.

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On March 17, players began reporting an issue with the new Baller, showing that they would randomly lose all their health and be eliminated from a match when landing in certain spots.


It was unclear what was causing the frustrating bug, as it was happening in various locations around the map, with little consistency.

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Epic GamesThe Baller was added to Fortnite for Season 8.

In response, Epic Games disabled The Baller on March 18, presumably due to this issue, although they did not specify, explaining only that there was a “stability issue”.

The Baller was later re-enabled after a few hours, and players will be hoping that whatever Epic tweaked has solved the death glitch.

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Some players, particularly the competitive community, were perhaps hoping to see a more permanent end to The Baller, as there is debate over whether it was a good addition or not.


For now though, it’s back in the game, so make the most of it while it’s available!