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Three Fortnite pros dropped by team after FNCS cheating allegations

Published: 22/Apr/2020 7:18

by Andrew Amos

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Three North American Fortnite console pros have been dropped by their organization after the trio had cheating allegations leveled against them during the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) grand finals.

The finals of the FNCS Duos event for Chapter 2: Season 2 have been marred with controversy in the console division.

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During the grand final, three players across two duos ⁠— all from the same org ⁠— have been accused of colluding with each other to ensure one of the pairs got a better placing. While Epic hasn’t rescinded their winnings, they have since been dropped from the organization.

Ruben, Drew, and Fayde ⁠— all part of Fortnite team Talon ⁠— were participating in the NA-West console division of the FNCS across two separate duos.

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According to ‘paul1x’, who ended up winning the event, the three players intentionally dropped into the same area to ensure Ruben and Drew got more points. Paul was in a duo with zScary, who was also a part of Talon.

He shared a number of screenshots on Twitter after his own success, which showed Fayde and Drew discussing where they would drop together. After the pairs agreed on dropping Salty, Ruben made the comment “don’t make it obvious,” as it was the final game of their heats.

Under section 8.2.2 of the FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2 Official Rules, players may not work together to deceive or otherwise cheat other players during any match…[including agreeing] to land at specific locations or to move through the map in a planned way.”

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The duo had qualified after winning both Week 2 and Week 3 of the NA-West console division of FNCS. Their final game in heats secured them a place in the finals, finishing second and getting 15 eliminations.

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Gameplay has since been released by YouTuber ‘The Fortnite Guy,’ who called on Epic to ban the players, similarly to how Bucke, Kreo, Keys, and Slackes were punished. The four players were suspended for 60 days after colluding in the FNCS Warmup event just a few weeks ago.

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Ruben, Drew, and Fayde have since apologized for their actions, saying they’ve learned from their mistakes. They were also released from their organization, who issued a statement saying they don’t condone the players’ actions.

“We don’t condone the actions of what these players have done and will not stand for it,” Talon management said in an April 21 statement. “We apologize for their actions and to those it may have affected.”

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Epic Games are yet to release a statement on the allegations, but if they are proven to be true, they are likely to affect the standings of the FNCS grand final. Drew and Ruben ended up placing in 15th, earning $875 each in the grand final played on April 19.

The next season of the Fortnite Champion Series is yet to be announced.

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Fortnitemares 2020 could be bringing back Zombie Husks with a twist

Published: 20/Oct/2020 3:12

by Brad Norton

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Fortnite’s annual Halloween event has evolved over the years though new leaks stemming from the 2020 iteration of Fortnitemares could hint at a return of controversial Zombie Husks.

Introduced back in 2017, Fortnitemares began as a Save The World event. It soon expanded as the spooky festivities took over the battle royale mode in 2018 as well. It was in this version of the annual event that players were forced to fend off hordes of Zombie Husks.

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Cubes would spawn around the map as dozens of AI-controlled Husks would charge toward squads. It could often be overwhelming and outright end your run if they’re not taken care of instantly. This led to a rather drastic change in the 2019 event where individual Zombies would spawn at random while looting instead.

While certain emotes and various items have already leaked, we now have a new piece of intel on the upcoming Fortnitemares event. Nothing is set in stone though it appears the 2018 threat could be returning in some form.

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Zombie Husks were quite controversial in the 2018 Fortnitemares event due to just how many spawned at once.

In Fortnite’s 14.30 update, plenty was changed on the surface and under the hood. As new content was added in, Epic Games also made some secret adjustments in preparation for the Halloween-themed event.

“A sound for the Zombies cube spawners was changed in 14.30,” prominent dataminer ‘Mang0e revealed. While this could be nothing of significance, it would be odd for the developers to make a change like this out of the blue.

There’s no telling exactly how these cube spawners will be adjusted, though it seems certain they’ll be back in some form. 

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This means every player will need to be on high alert just like in 2018. You won’t have individual jump scares to worry about this year, but overwhelming swarms of AI could threaten your run.

We won’t have to wait long to see how the annual event evolves this time around. The 2020 iteration of Fortnitemares doesn’t yet have a date locked in. However, things typically kick off in the final week of October. 

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days as the frightful update rolls around. In the meantime, be sure to get ahead of the upcoming event with our rundown on everything we know about Fornitemares 2020 so far.

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