After a frustrating night on Fortnite, the YouTube sensation took to Twitter to vent some anger.
Although he’s not particularly interested in the competitive side of the game, Alastair “Ali-A” Aiken spends a huge amount of time playing Fortnite. His main YouTube channel is almost solely Fortnite content, especially since the start of Chapter 2. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he has some strong opinions on the game.
Last night Ali-A clearly had a bad couple of matches, leading him to go on an emotion filled Twitter rant. He bought up some interesting points about the state of Fortnite, which inevitably lead to debate within the replies.
Skill Based Matchmaking is the worst addition ever to Fortnite and it's killing the game.— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) November 8, 2019
The star’s first gripe was with the skill-based matchmaking system. This was added to Fortnite towards the end of Season X, and theoretically ensures that players face off against people of a similar skill level to themselves. Ali-A declared that this is “the worst addition ever to Fortnite and it’s killing the game”.
It's a system that puts you with similarly skilled players in an effort to see you improve. Then when you do improve, you only go up against other players that are better.— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) November 8, 2019
It's a never ending cycling of playing sweaty games of Fortnite and I'm not a fan ?????
He then quickly went on to explain his reasoning, calling the system “a never ending cycling of playing sweaty games of Fortnite”. Ali clearly isn’t too fond of how much harder this can make matches, although this is the point. Skill-based matchmaking was implemented in order to help players of all levels improve, however some will argue that this is only necessary for the very lowest skilled.
The replies to these tweets were mixed, but the overwhelming majority disagreed with Ali-A’s views on SBMM. One person who saw the situation differently was @G33KYLouLooz who said, “Now you know how it feels for the less skilled players…For, me the matchmaking is the best thing that Fortnite have added”.
Shortly after his posts slewing skill-based matchmaking, Ali-A moved on to target Creative warriors. He describes a 1v1 situation at the end of a game where his enemy was cranking out builds like it was going out of fashion. Ali explains that he joked that the player “probably plays Creative for 10 hours a day and sweats BR wins with only a few kills”. This turned out to be true, with the opponent having zero eliminations.
Got into the top 2 situation and the other player was building multi-story builds all over the place...— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) November 8, 2019
Jokingly said he probably plays Creative for 10 hours a day and sweats BR wins with only a few kills...
He had 0 kills... He was a GOOD PLAYER top 2 with ZERO KILLS! ??
He followed up this tweet, simply saying “DON’T BE THAT GUY”. This subject divided opinion more than the earlier outburst. Whilst some people agreed that too many players build excessively for no reason, others contested that kills aren’t the objective in Fortnite, the goal is to be the last man standing.
After having some time to cool off, Ali-A seemingly realised that he had gone a bit far. He posted one last tweet to apologise, saying “Fortnite getting me heated tonight” and “Hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend”. We all know how tilting Fortnite can get at times, and it’s easy to understand this little outburst. Whether I agree with some of his controversial points is another matter, but he has certainly given us some food for thought.