Competitive Fortnite players are dying for a separate loot pool. Here's the real reason that will never happen.
We're never going to get a separate loot pool for competitive Fortnite.
As a player base, we've known this for a while but have still been holding out hope for Epic to change their mind.
Earlier today, July 12, Epic announced that they removed the Storm Flip from Arena Trios, giving us one more glimmer of hope that a competitive loot pool might be coming.
Alas, we'll likely never get there. Here's the convoluted answer to why we won't get them from a competitive AMA in May:
"Having the same core battle royale game played by players of all skill levels is healthy for the overall state of the game and keeps competition open, approachable, and for both players and viewers.
We aim at one game, however we occasionally make exceptions (such as Siphon), but our threshold for branching core gameplay is very high. It’s up to us to find new directions for balance that reward players at every skill level, while not creating negative experiences for different groups. Even as Epic focuses on competitions where all are welcome to play in familiar ways, we’ll also be continuing to add tools that will allow players to customize their experience to fit their personal preferences and the way they would most like to play.”
This explanation wasn't what Fortnite players were looking for, and seemed to confuse the issue even more. It's impossible to balance a game like Fortnite while considering top and bottom-level play. The Storm Flip is a perfect example of this.
Reddit user Heavyboss posted another explanation from a member of the Fortnite team, though.
This answer makes Epic's reasoning a bit more understandable. Unfortunately, that means there's even less hope that we'll ever see a separate competitive Fortnite loot pool.
Epic wants low-level players to see high-level players using the same game mechanics that the former group experiences in their own games. High-level competitive Fortnite and public Fortnite couldn't be more different, but Epic wants the frameworks of the two modes to be the same.
As long as this mentality is present, we'll never get separate loot pools. We can dream that Epic will eventually change their mind, but it's unlikely.
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