The Fortnite Community React to Major Shotgun Update - Ninja, NoahJ456, WILDCAT and More - Dexerto

The Fortnite Community React to Major Shotgun Update – Ninja, NoahJ456, WILDCAT and More

Published: 7/Jun/2018 1:54 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 18:42

by Calum Patterson


The Fortnite community is mixed in their response to the major overhaul of shotgun damage, as some speculate Epic Games is attempting to alter the game with a focus on esports.

On June 6th Epic Games released an additional changes as part of the v4.3 content update, most significantly tweaking shotgun damage to make them slightly less powerful.

Fortnite is a very casual game at its core, relying on random generated loot and weapon drops, with players never guaranteed to enter a gunfight with all the same advantages as their opponent, depending largely on luck.

But there is, of course, skill involved also, with the ability to be accurate and build efficiently key to becoming a top player.

If anything, shotguns have been criticized for lowering this skill gap, as there is less emphasis placed on accuracy and more on getting up close and personal while hoping shell spread will be on your side.

So the nerf to damage is likely a move to lessen the reliance some players may have on shotguns and create a more balanced and ‘competitive’ experience – but not everyone is a fan of the decision.

Top Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was surprised by the other change, which increased trap damage to 150, and seemed optimistic about the shotgun change.

Others were on the fence however, worried that the changes could lead to perhaps more inconsistent gunfights with shotguns.

While some were concerned about the update, many are reserving their judgement until after they have spent some time with the changes.

Here’s what some of the top Fortnite streamers and YouTubers had to say about the recent shotgun damage nerf.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

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.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been 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.

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

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, 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 have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.


While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

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