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xQc discovers how “broken” Fortnite controller aim assist is

Published: 23/Feb/2020 11:09

by Connor Bennett

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Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has become the latest big streamer to try out a controller in Fortnite and show off just how “broken” some believe it is. 

Since the battle royale portion of Fortnite was released by Epic Games, players assumed that keyboard and mouse users had the upper hand over controller players because they were able to build at a more efficient pace with their binds and mouse flicks. 

However, in recent weeks, players have reported a shift to controllers, with professionals like Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff all weighing in on how powerful controller aim assist can be. So, while trying out the new season of Fortnite, xQc chose to use a controller, as well as his trusty mouse and keyboard, to see if there was really a difference.

Twitter: @xQcxQc isn’t a diehard Fortnite player but he will pick it up from time to time.

While he found success with using the keyboard and mouse, it was using the controller that xQc realized he could seemingly just spam the aim assist all the way to a win. 

As he danced around the new Agency location, he switched back and forth between the two peripherals, picking up kills with both. Yet, when he used the controller, he seemingly couldn’t miss a shot – even though his enemy tried to build a ramp to create space between them.

“This is broken,” he said after getting the kill and switching back to the keyboard and mouse setup. “That’s f**king broken. What a disgusting thing dude. Why is that even in the game?”

“What? I just pick up the controller, hold the button down and that’s it, they all die and it’s over,” he finished, “literally nothing they can do about it.”

While xQc might be ‘disgusted’ by how powerful using a controller can be, it’s unlikely that the complaints from himself, and other players, will spark a major change.

The aim assist given to controller players is often regarded as something that can level the playing field but the keyboard and mouse users still, pretty much, dominate the professional scene.

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Twitch’s new stream “Boost” feature raises concern for smaller channels

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:26

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch is rolling out a new feature for eligible channels called “Boost this stream,” with the hopes of giving people an avenue to be featured on “highly visible parts” of the platform. However, there are concerns it’ll be damaging for the smaller streams trying to get noticed.

The new Community Challenge requires viewers to pool their Channel Points to unlock the reward. Streamers will get notified once the challenge is available on their channel, then will relay that to their community to start chipping away at the progress bar.

But there are concerns about its application. It’ll be on Twitch’s discretion for who gets to run the promotion as well as the target number to hit before a channel can be successfully Boosted.

The only hard number guideline with ‘Boost this stream’ is the 2,000 point limit that each user can contribute per day. Since individual streamers don’t know what their Boost target will be, some suggest this will be an easy feature to exploit.

“How is not going to be abused by larger streams with more viewers, and therefore a bigger pool?” one person wrote. “IMO channel points devoted for use with a Community Challenge should be weighted in value depending on viewership.”

Twitch responded saying “the amount of Channel Points required to successfully boost a stream is scaled with the size and viewership of the channel,” though a clear metric of how the cap increases wasn’t made available.

Another issue raised was the way Twitch would consider someone to be a ‘small streamer,’ seeing as they’ll be the likely candidates to receive the chance to get Boosted.

If it’s going by viewer count, then small streamers can be anything from 2-10 average viewers to 100-2000 live watchers per session. If it’s going by follower count or subscriber count, then that has its own implications as well.

But Boost is a wholly experimental feature that has a lot of variables still being workshopped. For example, in the FAQ, Twitch says that everything from what’s considered as a high visibility part of the site to who the feature is available as it rolls out could change.

As the company gets this feature into more users’ hands, expect Twitch to make adjustments depending on how Boost gets received throughout December.