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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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’s Galactus event: Start time, leaks, location, more

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:40 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:34

by Brad Norton

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Fortnite’s hotly-anticipated Galactus event, coming soon as the Season 4 finale, is the talk of the town; from when the Marvel character will make his mark, to how you can watch it in-game, here’s everything you need to know.

A bright object in the sky has begun hurtling towards the Fortnite map, and thanks to datamining and logic, it seems only reasonable to suggest that Galactus is on his way to cause destruction.

Similar to the devastation caused by the Season 1 meteor, you would have to think that his intentions are not good. It seems we’re gearing up for a massive battle featuring every Marvel character currently in the game.

The original Fortnite meteor was first spotted a month and a half before it landed – destroying Dusty Depot – and the same type of impact appears to be on the horizon.

Fortnite Galactus event start date and time

Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.

The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.

Some leaks of the upcoming event have made their way to the internet which depicts Thor, She-Hulk, Wolverine, and Iron Man offering themselves as soldiers to fight Galactus.

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Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.

Galactus Fortnite event leaks

The event itself could see the superheroes taking on Galactus in the form of a raid. Or you could possibly have Galactus taking on the whole lobby, or a Thanos-inspired mode akin to Chapter 1.

Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.

First look at Galactus

With the use of one of the game’s sniper rifles, it’s possible for players to look through the scope, at the object in the sky, and spy him. He’s obviously been getting closer and closer over the season, but thanks to new leaks, we’ve got a better look at the figure than ever before.

It turns out there’s actually a standard sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.

Here are some datamined images of Galactus’ model, too.

The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the MCU is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.

The Fortnite tie-in will be a great way to introduce casual fans to the presence of one of the universe’s most powerful, cosmic entities.

We’ve also got a look at where Galactus is. It seems he’s positioned right about the ruins POI in-game from this screenshot from Fortnite leaker, Fevers.

Rising Out of the Water

ShiinaBR also tweeted on November 22, 2020 that Galactus has slowly begun to rise out of the water. We’ll make sure to update this article when we have a better look at this.

Lazing Device

On November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.

Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.

For more, detailed information regarding the Lazing Device, check out our dedicated article.