Fortnite World Cup Winner Gets SWAT Called on Him

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf the 16-year-old who won the Solo Fortnite World Cup along with $3 Million recently, had his place of residence hit by a SWAT team while he was live-streaming.

 

Bugha was in the middle of a Fornite Livestream when he was swatted. You can hear him ask his father “I got swatted?” after which he left the stream and upon returning told his friends about what had just transpired. They entered his home with guns pointed and ready but thankfully, one of the officers was from the neighbourhood and recognized him.

This is not something new and has happened to various live streamers in the past. Swatting is the act of calling the SWAT on someone under false pretenses and is done to “prank” a person. Various well-known streamers and YouTubers have been swatted in the past and once it ended in tragedy as Andrew Finch was killed during one such attempt after a man decided to Swat someone but gave them the wrong address.

Swatting is a really cowardly thing to do and is not funny and we hope that people realize that sooner or later because things can get out of hand really quickly. We hope that whoever did call in the Swat also gets found and punished.

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Fortnite is Getting Indian Servers

Fortnite is not just a game anymore and has become a cultural phenomenon. The game is widely played all over the world on a plethora of devices however, there was a lack of servers in the Asian region.

Epic Games is aiming to change that since according to data-mined information, we’re getting a bunch of new servers in the Asian server with one server in India.

This information comes thanks to FNBRLeaks who shared the information found by MystxcLeaks who has a protected account.

As seen in the image, under Beta we can see Singapore, Mumbai, Seoul and Taiwan from the Asian region while other parts of the world are also getting new servers.

We don’t really know when these servers will go live or if they’re already live but we’re just glad that we’re getting a server in India.

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Fortnite Season X Will Make You Lose Track of Time

Fortnite’s World Cup was a pretty big success and riding off of that, here comes Fortnite Season X with a whole lot of mystery and action.

Time is twisted and the Zero Point has become volatile in Season X. Whether you’re nostalgic for the past or excited for the future, there will be plenty for you to discover all Season long.

There’s going to be a lot of time-travel shenanigans with a continually updated map so we can expect a few fan favourite maps to show up. The season looks pretty exciting with a two-player giant robot called the B.R.U.T.E.

A new season also means a brand new Battle Pass. Over 100 new exclusive rewards are ready for you to unlock, and it still costs the same 950 V-bucks. This season, you’ll get the X-Lord and Catalyst Outfits instantly when you purchase the Battle Pass!

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Fortnite Raises Minimum Requirement Specs

Fortnite is a game that runs on a wide variety of platforms and systems, even on some really old PCs and laptops that are toaster PCs but that might change from Season 10 onwards.

In a recent blog post, the Fortnite team let people know that the minimum specs for Fortnite would be raised a little bit as it will now only support graphics cards that can run Microsoft DirectX 11. Before this, having a DirectX 11 GPU was recommended but now it is an absolute must.

If you’re one of the people who are using an integrated GPU to play Fortnite, as long as your CPU is a somewhat newer one, it will support DirectX 11. Anything above an Ivy Bridge CPU will run the game, so all the 4000 series and above.

The Fortnite Team explained this change by saying, “This allows us to focus our development and testing efforts to further optimize the Fortnite experience for all players.”

These changes will take effect from Season 10 onwards.

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Fortnite Update v9.30 Adds Prop-Hunt, Chug Splash Health Grenade

Fortnite and new content, name a more iconic duo. Whatever your qualms with its community may be, the game has a lot of different content with is continually being updated to keep it fresh and this new v9.30 update brings in some really cool things.

Battle Royale

The Battle Royale mode adds a new throwable Chug Jug item, the Chug Splash. Besides that, there’s new LTMs in rotation and Quality of Life update that reduces delay when switching to shotguns.

Chug Jug

  • On impact, this thrown item splashes liquid in a small area. All players within the splash radius will be instantly granted 20 Health/Shield.
    • Grants health unless you are full health, in which case it will grant Shield.
    • Chug Splash can heal allies, enemies, and can extend the duration of the ‘knocked’ state for knocked players.
  • Rare variant.
  • Drops in stacks of 2.
  • Max stack size: 6.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Llamas.
Shotgun Swap Delay Removed
  • Shotgun cooldowns now only apply when the player is carrying multiple shotguns, regardless of Shotgun type.
Limited time Modes

  • Sniper Shootout Duos
    • Sniper rifles only. May the best aim win!
  • Trios
    • Classic Battle Royale with Three-Person squads.
  • Solid Gold Squads
    • Fight to the finish using Legendary weapons.

Creative Mode

Prop-o-matic

The Creative Mode adds Prop Hunt to the game!

Islands

There are also two new islands to build on.

  • Added the Wasteland Island.
  • Added the Caldera Island.
  • Added new Game Settings for configuring outdoor Lighting and Fog.
    • Light Brightness: Controls the intensity of outdoor lighting from the sun or moon.
      • Default: Uses the light brightness from the current time of day.
      • 0% – 100%: Sets a specific fixed light brightness. 0% is very dark, and 100% is very bright.
    • Light Color: Controls the color of light from the sun or moon.
      • Default: Uses the light color from the current time of day.
      • White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan: Sets a specific color for the lighting.
    • Fog Thickness: Controls the density of fog on the island.
      • Default: Uses the fog settings from the current time of day.
      • 0% – 100%: Sets a specific fog thickness. 0% turns off the fog, and 100% will pull the fog in very close to the camera!
    • Fog Color: Controls the color of the island’s overall fog.
      • Default: Uses the fog color from the current time of day.
      • Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan: Sets a specific color for the fog.
    • Note that lighting and fog graphics can look different depending on the platform.

There are a ton of other changes that this update brought. You can click the link below to check out the full patch notes.

Fortnite Update v9.30 Patch Notes

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Epic Games and EA Try To Fool the UK Government?

With the recent craze of Battle Royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, video games have gotten even more into the limelight. While loot boxes are a topic of heavy contention with different viewpoints, governments and regulatory bodies have their own stance about it. Because of this very recently members of the UK Parliament sat down with representatives of Epic Games and EA to hear their views on certain topics and let’s just say that some things that they said during it were quite interesting.

When asked about what the companies thought and felt about loot boxes and whether or not the companies think it is ethical, EA was the first to talk about it. According to the EA representative, EA doesn’t use the term “Loot Boxes” and instead call them “Surprise Mechanics”. She likened it to Kinder Eggs where you get a surprise regarding what’s inside and she stated that people enjoyed the element of surprise, especially players who play FIFA and Ultimate Team.

She further went on to state that the “Surprise Mechanics” were fun and quite enjoyable and says that she doesn’t believe in the fact that Loot Boxes or “Surprise Mechanics” lead to gambling. According to her, the way EA has implemented loot boxes in their games is 100% ethical and that they have no qualms about it.

Throughout the entire meeting when asked pressing questions, Epic Games were very deflective and evasive as they would beat around the bush instead of actually answering the question and were even called out by an MP who asked them if they were coached to answer because of how they responded to questions.

While some of the questions asked were alright, some of the questions that were asked made it quite clear that the person wasn’t well-versed with video games and didn’t know much about the companies and topic at hand besides a few articles that they had opened up.

This begs the question that why isn’t there some sort of committee made up of people who know about the industry and are also well-versed with the technical aspect of it so that when such meetings take place, companies can’t just beat around the bush or talk their way out of it by throwing around technical terms.

The EA representative claiming that EA implements loot boxes ethically clearly doesn’t remember the Battlefront 2 debacle that occurred at launch. While the microtransaction aspect of the game has since improved, EA and other companies certainly seem to push microtransactions in subtle ways, especially towards pre-adolescent and adolescent teens.

There were a lot of other topics discussed during the meeting like whether or not they tracked how long players played a game(both companies replied they didn’t) and about addiction, parental control, and gambling which you can check out for yourself and see how bad some of the questions were and how evasive the responses were. The meeting is linked below and goes on for a bit over 2 hours long.

Meeting Video

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Parenting + Video Games = Disaster?

Here’s a video of a parent asking his kid to smash up their PS4 for getting low grades in school.

The kid is wearing a Fortnite T-shirt, which the parent got him in the first place. And when the kid starts to smash it up in the living room, the mother asks both the dad and the kid to take the whole thing outside and continue.

Once outside, the kid starts crying as he flimsily starts beating the PS4 with a rod, at which point the dad, disappointed with his young son’s ability to smash up PS4s, picks up a big rock and drops it on the PS4.

Enjoy!

About Fortnite:

Fortnite Battle Royale is the FREE 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat. The last one standing wins. Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Mac.

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Fortnite Update v7.30 Adds Mobile Controller Support and 60Hz Support on Android

Fortnite never stops with the update and with Fortnite Update v7.30, there’s been a lot of good additions for Mobile Gamers.

MOBILE

  • Mobile Controller support
    • Android: most of Bluetooth controller adapters, such as Steelseries Stratus XL, Gamevice, XBox1, Razer Raiju, and Moto Gamepad.  
    • iOS: MFi controllers, such as Steelseries Nimbus and Gamevice.
    • Disabled phone vibration if a gamepad attached.
  • 60Hz on select Android models
    • We are rolling out 60Hz support (to be enabled in settings) on select Android devices. We have been working with our partners on optimizations and are rolling this out initially on the following specific models.
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant)
    • Huawei Honor View 20
    • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Added audio visualization icons for vehicles and Balloons

They’ve also added a new grenade, the Chiller Grenade along with a new LTM mode, Solid Gold where all weapon spawns are legendary.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Chiller Grenade
    • The Chiller Grenade will knock players back, causing them to slide along the ground.
    • Allies, enemies, and vehicles hit with the Chiller Grenade will slip around with icy feet/wheels for a duration of 7 seconds.
    • Drops in stacks of 3.
      • Max stack size of 6.
    • Common rarity.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Vending Machines.
  • Cozy Campfire – Updated Visuals
    • We’ve updated the visual effects of Cozy Campfires to more clearly indicate when a campfire is in use or burnt out.
  • Vaulted
    • Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
    • Burst Rifle
    • Heavy Shotgun
    • SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Unvaulted
    • Suppressed SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Reduced the drop chance of Dual Pistol from floor loot from 2.24% to 1.38%.

If you’d like to read more about this new update, click here to go tp Epic Games’ blog post.

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Fortnite 7.20 patch update, Vaulted Items, Snowman and more!

Snow has taken over the Battle Royale island after the Ice King live event and Epic has rolled out 7.20 update to give it a more wintry feel. The update has brought an intriguing item to the game, the Snowman!

The snowman is a tool of disguise. You can wear it (just as you would wear a bush) or you could throw one to create a decoy. If you wear one, you can do nothing but just move. If you switch to built mode or to a weapon, you give away your ‘Snowman disguise.’ The Snowman comes in common rarity and you can often find one lying around as a floor loot. However, you can also find one in a chest.

3 items have been vaulted in this patch which include the Port-a-Fortress, the Quad Launcher and the Grappler (why EPIC ?!) Apart from vaulting and adding, Epic has made some other minor changes as well. Epic has ‘swapped the drop chance of Shield Potions and Small Shield Potions’ and reduced the spawn rate of gliders, balloons, X-Stormwing Planes and Quadcrasher.

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Real money is being laundered through Fortnite’s in-game store

The phenomenal popularity of Fortnite has not only attracted millions of players but also some bad guys. Real-life bad guys. Criminals have found a way to use the in-game store to launder ‘real’ money.

According to a SixGill, a cyber intelligence firm, Fortnite in-game store is an easy way to launder money from stolen credit cards. This is how the clever workaround works.
The criminals create a free account and then buy Skins, Emotes and V-Bucks through stolen or hacked credit cards. These ‘loaded’ accounts are then sold on third-party sites such as e-Bay for a much cheaper rate. For instance, an account with 200 USD worth of stuff would just go off at 50 USD.

After the buyer pays the seller (usually through gateways like PayPal) the account is handed over. Though this activity seems negligibly small, the money involved is big. The report further mentions that ‘just the top 50 “Fortnite” items listed on eBay brought in about $250,000.’ All this money in just 60 days.

Selling an account is against Epic’s Terms and Conditions and the involved accounts will be closed, given that Epic catches them.
However, Epic is trying to find a different solution, possibly through introducing in-game trading.

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