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Overwatch pro claims “everyone wants out” of the competitive scene

Published: 6/Apr/2020 22:22 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch pro Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton revealed some shocking information about the game’s future as an esport during an April 6 Twitch stream.

Barton, whose time in Contenders came to an abrupt end after the Montreal Rebellion dumped their roster on April 6, was asked about the status of Overwatch in general by a viewer.

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While he could only go so far into detail, he didn’t paint a pretty picture about the future of the game, especially as many pros have already jumped ship to Riot Games’ Valorant.

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Numlocked briefly played in OWL in 2018.

“I can’t give away too many details, but everyone wants out,” he stated. “Nobody is happy with what Blizzard is doing.”

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This news didn’t just extend to Contenders either. As it turns out, even the top stars in Overwatch League are unhappy with the state of the game.

“People want to get out of Overwatch League,” the British main tank continued. “Obviously people are pulling out of Contenders. Montreal Rebellion was the first, but they definitely won’t be the last to pull out.”

According to Barton, unless there are “big changes” things will only get worse from here on in.

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The Montreal Rebellion’s former analyst Tanishq ‘Tanizhq’ Sabharwal echoed Barton’s statement but added his only vigor to the situation.

“I am moving to Valorant since OW Tier 2 is fully dead,” he said, but understood the decision by the team’s owner, OverActive Media, to drop the team. “Getting 1k viewers max on the Contenders stream isn’t worth any level of investment.”

In the lead up to Valorant, many Overwatch pros and streamers have abandoned the game to officially move onto Riot’s FPS.

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Some of those names include former Apex Season 1 champion Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen, Brian ‘Kephrii’ St. Pierre and George ‘ShaDowBurn’ Gushcha.

With similar intensity to Sabharwal, Carter ‘Carter’ Smith announced he would be quitting once this season of Contenders ends.

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“Overwatch is f**king awful. It’s a piece of s**t garbage f**king game that could’ve been the best,” he wrote in a TwitLonger. “It’s not the best, and will never be the best, because Blizzard has no f**king idea how to maintain a game and they never have.”

While this Overwatch League season has been plagued by global issues, hero pools have upped the workload of teams. Washington Justice coach Seetoh ‘JohnGalt’ Jian Qing went on record saying he was losing sleep coming up with strategies as the meta is in a constant state of flux.

“When you have to present stuff to the players and build a strategy, it was very very tough for our coaching staff,” he said back in March.

Overwatch 2 still doesn’t have a release date and one has to wonder if it will be able to solve the issues that players, coaches, and teams face. Until then, the future of the game could be in serious jeopardy.

Fortnite

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