Professional Fortnite players have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage over some hypocrisy from Epic Games. Here's what you missed.
The Fortnite professional scene is one of the most vibrant in all of Esports. Epic Games seems to be breaking prize pool records wherever they hold their events. Those who perform well at these events have been rewarded with life-changing money along with the thousands of viewers who flood their streams.
It isn't all sunshine and rainbows in competitive Fortnite, though. Epic has come under a lot of scrutiny for adding game-changing items to Fortnite days or even hours before a high-priced tournament kicks off.
We saw this play out several times, but the most notable instance was during the Winter Royale. The new Infinity Blade was added hours before the event went live, which completely changed the game for the contestants.
To the relief of many, Epic Games addressed this problem in their blog post entitled "Competitive State of Development." Essentially, the Fortnite team stated that they'd give players time to adjust to new changes before competitive matches instead of making game-altering changes at the last minute.
While the professional Fortnite scene was excited to hear the change of philosophy, the optimism was short-lived. When the dates for the ESL Katowice Royale were announced, pro players started scratching their heads.
Almost all Fortnite seasons last 10 weeks, but Season 7 is a bit different. The Fortnite team took a well-deserved winter break, and they stated that the season would be extended two weeks and end February 28.
What's the problem, you might be asking? Well, the ESL Katowice Royale starts March 1, the day that the Season 8 is set to begin.
As we know from previous updates, new seasons bring new items, new locations, and other changes that are impossible to predict. Professional players will be battling for $500,000 on a map they've never seen before.
Several Fortnite competitors took to Twitter to voice their outrage over the seemingly misleading comments. People like ZexRow, Poach, and even Myth - who has historically reserved his criticism of Epic Games - spoke out about the timing of the tournament.
I really hope whoever is writing the competitive blogs includes a reason behind this shit in blog number 2.— Myth (@TSM_Myth) January 26, 2019
I'm kinda at a lost for words. What's happening internally? Are things disfunctional? Did blog number one have a huge error? Lots of questions that need to be answered. https://t.co/vKLXZHqGYH
But that's not all. As you can see from one of the screenshots Myth retweeted, the qualification system for the ESL Katowice Royale is also sparking debate. 25 of the 100 people invited to the event got their invitation from performing well in Pop-Up Cups.
Epic has been clear that Pop-Up cups are for practice purposes only and wouldn't have anything to do with qualifying for events. Well, that seems to be out the window for the upcoming tournament this March.
People would take the pop ups a lot more serious if they knew it was a qualifier a $500k LAN. But it doesn't really matter if cheaters corrupt the integrity of those playlists... /¯\_(?)_/¯— POACH (@LiquidPoach) January 25, 2019
So, this is where we currently stand in the state of competitive Fortnite. If you were wondering why pro players seem a bit saltier at Epic than they normally are, that's why.
There's still a chance the ESL reverts the previous patch for the LAN event, but it's not likely. These players will probably be competing for $500,000 on a map they've never seen before.
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