Two of the biggest content creators in Fortnite have taken issue with the lack of communication from the developers this season.
Australian YouTube dynamos Lachlan Ross Power and Lannan “LazarBeam” Eacott are known for their unique Fortnite content and timely update content. However, this has become a bit more of a challenge for them in Chapter 2.
The pair have lashed out at Epic Games following yesterday’s secret content update. Up until this season, we would be informed about updates by at least the night before. Once, the patch was live, patch notes would also be released detailing what had changed. Sadly, this is no longer the case.
Epic games not giving us patch notes and now dropping secret updates at 1am :(— Lannan (@LazarBeamYT) November 5, 2019
I’m never allowed to sleep again if I don’t wanna miss an update got it!
LazarBeam tweeted to express his disappointment with this new vail of secrecy surrounding the game. Whilst the reasoning behind the move is likely to add excitement for players, the majority of the community have voiced the opinion that it’s not working. For content creators especially this is an issue, as LazarBeam puts it, “I’m never allowed to sleep again if I don’t wanna miss an update”.
In a follow up tweet, he goes on to say how the situation is worse if you are from the OCE region. Referencing the fact that the recent update happened in the early hours of the morning his time, so he wasn’t able to be as quick as usual getting a video out. This is a huge problem for anyone making YouTube content, as you will miss out on a significant number of views by being late; once someone has seen one “New Harpoon Gun” video, they probably won’t watch another.
Well...but us in the US have had to get up at 3am to get the updates right away for years now. I agree communication has been strange of late though.— Mustard Plays (@MustardPlays) November 5, 2019
Chad “Mustard Plays” Mustard replied to LazarBeam, saying “us in the US have had to get up at 3am to get the updates right away for years now. I agree communication has been strange of late though”. LazarBeam’s response to this was simple, explaining “It’s not the time it’s the lack of telling us. I’d wake up at anytime if I knew beforehand”. This makes sense as even just a heads up on when an update is going to be will allow creators to decide whether or not they want to wake up for it.
Lachlan agrees with LazarBeam, he tweeted “First they take away our patch notes and now they don’t tell us about updates, very unepic of you Fortnite”. As a fellow OCE YouTuber, he is also just desperate for a warning about upcoming patches.
First they take away our patch notes and now they don’t tell us about updates, very unepic of you Fortnite ??— Lachlan ?? (@LachlanYT) November 5, 2019
Since the early days of Battle Royale mode, Epic Games have been praised from the Fortnite community for their commitment to strong communication. This is why everyone has been taken off guard by the sudden radio silence during Chapter 2. At this point it is clear that people want to know why patch notes are gone, and now why updates go live unannounced. The fact that the developers haven’t even released a statement explaining their philosophy here is concerning and leaves the whole Fortnite fanbase very confused.