Who is EwOk? Deaf Fortnite streamer who became FaZe's first female star - Dexerto
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Who is EwOk? Deaf Fortnite streamer who became FaZe’s first female star

Published: 5/Sep/2019 15:40 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 12:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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Soleil ‘EwOk’ Wheeler is one of the most inspirational streamers in the Fortnite community. Not only was she first female to join FaZe Clan, she did so at only 13. And that’s not even the most impressive feat. The teen did it all while deaf.

EwOk’s success on Twitch and beyond has resulted in the accumulation of over 250,000 followers and even more on Instagram where she sits at 368,000.

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She is an anomaly in an ocean of wannabe pros and broadcasters across the globe. But where did she come from and what does the future hold?

Twitter/EwokEwOk is the first female to join FaZe.600

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Birth of a streamer

Wheeler first had dreams of streaming and playing against pros like Ninja when she watched them compete against each other. In search of making her dreams a reality, she began streaming on Twitch in October of 2018 when she got a gaming PC.

She likely chose EwOk as her tag because according to CNN, one of her four dogs looks like an Ewok from the legendary space opera film series ‘Star Wars’.

Like all streamers, EwOk started off small, with only three viewers watching her play at first. But as kept with it, she kept improving, growing and racked up over 300 wins in Fortnite.

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But come March, everything was about to change.

Instagram/ewokfnWheeler was given a jersey by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Rise to stardom 

On March 7, 2019, extremely popular Twitch icon Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar was coming off a long stream and decided to host the young deaf player sending thousands of his viewers to her way.

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Making the most of this opportunity, the teen kept playing to her now supersized audience and went from under 1000 followers on March 7 to just under 10,000 by March 10.

Twitch/TimTheTatmanTimTheTatman helped jumpstart EwOk’s career by hosting her channel.

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From there, everything just snowballed. Positive media reaction, Twitter growth, everything. The internet was set ablaze by fact that not only was a girl this young so good at Fortnite, but she was doing it all with a severe handicap.

A few months later, her Twitch account reached over 100,000 followers. Not bad for less than a year on the platform.

EwOk teamed up with Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Kurt Benkert at the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am.

It even reached a point where Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Kurt Benkert (who had viewed EwOk’s stream when Tim first hosted her) teamed up with the young superstar at the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am at The Forum in Los Angeles.

While the two didn’t win, it was Ewok’s first-ever offline event and a sign of things to come.

Making FaZe history 

Prior to July 27, 2019, there had never been a female streamer in FaZe Clan. That all changed after the conclusion of the duos tournament at the Fortnite World Cup when the org’s co-founder Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks made a special announcement.

“Welcome to FaZe, you’re incredible, you inspire me,” Banks tweeted, revealing EwOk’s recruitment. “First girl ever in FaZe. I’m glad we held out this long. You’re perfect.”

Shortly after, the growing star posted a Twitter video where she revealed the good news using sign language.

“I wanted to really jump into that and make history,” she told CNN.

Does being deaf affect how she plays?

EwOk has revealed that despite being deaf, Fortnite has an internal sound visualizer that may even give her an edge.

“The sound visualizer has been very helpful and it allows me to play on the same level, although there are a few sounds that are still missing in it,” Wheeler told ESPN. “Overall, it allows me to be just as good as other players, if not better. I compensate the inability to hear chat by texting in chats and signing in video chats.”

And the Twitch community has been very accepting. “Some of the popular streamers knew I was deaf, so they waved on the screen and typed in chat to reply to me. Some of them even learned how to sign.”

What’s more, is the teen can also use her inability to hear as a sick burn against game developers. When the community was up in arms over the BRUTE Mech controversy, she tweeted at Fortnite saying, “Please do something I haven’t been able to do since birth. Listen.”

Considering all this happened in just one year, there’s no telling what year two of EwOk’s streaming career has in store for us.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson