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5 days ago

Epic announce autumn esports programme for Fortnite: Battle Royale

Epic Games are continuing their push to make Fortnite: Battle Royale into the hottest esport around, following up their eight-week, $8 million prize pool Summer Skirmish with a new six-week series taking place this autumn. Despite being shorter, it’ll squeeze in $10 million in prizes, and a new format will see players face off in challenges that aren’t just the standard murder-everyone-on-the-island arrangement.

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2 weeks ago

This Fortnite squad wants to teach you about the environment

A friend of mine recently started working in education, and I keep pestering them to get into Fortnite Battle Royale, or at least learn what it is, so that they can relate to the kids they’re teaching. Somehow, MIT PhD student Henri Drake must have heard and taken my advice, because he set up a squad intended to stream Epic’s immensely, unimaginably popular game and…

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3 weeks ago

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish invites PAX attendees to compete against pro players

After eight weeks and an $8 million prize pool, Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish is closing out with a LAN tournament at PAX West this weekend. Attendees will be able to sign up to compete alongside some of the fledgling esport's big names – so everyone join together with me in praying for a big upset.

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4 weeks ago

2 months ago

Fortnite Battle Royale throws birthday party for some game named… Fortnite?

Birthday cake and decorations are yours to grab in Fortnite Battle Royale following today's update, in celebration of the first birthday of... hang on, FBR ('Fibber' to its friends) is only nine months old. What is this? It seems those scamps at Epic Games are pretending the birthday is celebrating something called 'Fortnite: Save The World', which is a hoax game name if I've ever…

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Worlds collide in Fortnite Battle Royale Season 5

After weeks of mysterious events with in-game rocket launches and vanishings crossing over into our world, Epic's free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale today kicked off Season 5 with a big world-changing update. Viking longboats, ancient statues, and a chuffing great desert biome have appeared on the once-verdant island, for starters. And how better to see the new sights than in the new kart vehicle, which can…

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Fortnite’s first major esports season starts this weekend

Fortnite may have taken over the world and forced the BBC to dedicate a comical number of hours to silly dances and pondering if they're corrupting our youth, but until now it hadn't entirely dominated esports. That's liable to change soon, as Epic are putting $8,000,000 in the pot for their upcoming Summer Skirmish series of competitive events; eight weeks of big money matches, with…

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Fortnite burger mascot survives interdimensional journey

Uh. Okay. Where to start here? So, last weekend, you might remember that within the world of Fortnite (a video game) a one-time event occurred when a rocket was launched from a secret underground bunker and tore a hole in the sky (of a video game). What does that giant rip in the fabric of space-time mean for the game? No one knows. What we…

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3 months ago

Fortnite’s Playground mode is a “first step” towards “full creative mode”

The 'Playground' sandbox mode that's currently seeing players cover Fortnite Battle Royale in everything from Mario Kart-esque trolley-racing tracks to elaborate pranks is only temporary, but Epic are already planning to bring it back and dreaming bigger. They're talking about having a "full creative mode" eventually, taking it weirdly full circle to the days when Fortnite was more of a Minecraftbut than a battle royale…

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Streaming service Rainway exposes the scale of the Fortnite virus problem

Battle royale shooter Fortnite is a phenomenon now, but with many millions of players comes big problems, especially when the audience skews a little younger than average and the game is free to play. Last Tuesday, engineers at game-streaming service Rainway noticed tens of thousands of automatically logged errors flooding in, all of them coming from Fortnite players.It was time for their tech team to…

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Fortnite cracks the sky with gigantic rocket; probably not good

Fortnite: Battle Royale is no stranger to royal displays of extravagance. Heck, that good spacedaddy Thanos ran amok in there for a while. But today, we've witnessed a Once In A Game experience: they shot a rocket into the sky and it made the sky not work anymore. We're not sure what it means, but there's plenty of video of what went down, and certainly…

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The clock is ticking on Fortnite’s big event this Saturday

You might want to duck and cover if you're playing Fortnite: Battle Royale tomorrow, Saturday at 1:30pm EST (6:30pm BST for us UK folks). Epic have been teasing some manner of big in-game event to tie up its current superhero-themed season and it probably involves big, very dangerous looking rockets. A countdown displayed on TV screens throughout the battle royale shooter's world suggests that it's going down…

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Podcast: The naughty games we weren’t allowed to play

Psst. I know mum said you weren’t allowed to listen to those hellions on your favourite podcast anymore, but the hosts of the Electronic Wireless Show won’t tell if you don’t. This week we’re talking about the games we weren’t allowed to play as youngsters, but did anyway. Alice suffered strict rationing of The Sims 2, and Dave (oh hello Dave) was looked at with…

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Epic sue over ‘irreparable injury’ caused by Fortnite leaks

Perhaps inspired by their recent meteor-dropping event in Fortnite, Epic Games are aiming a megaton weight at one of their former QA contractors. They claim that former QA guy Thomas Hannah leaked the true target of May's map-changing meteor back in late April, giving hints to someone who then posted about it on Reddit in a now-deleted post. Epic Games claim that they've suffered "actual losses" and "irreparable…

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4 months ago

Feature: Matt the builder

Playstyle Royale: You can only build

This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into... wait. This isn't the (long neglected) series you all know and love where I play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds while adhering to arbitrary rules. This is that, but in Fortnite. Fittingly, the rules this week say I can't use a weapon until I've made it into the final two. My only defence? Building. As usual, I've given myself five…

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Fortnite v4.2 update adds apples, Recombobulators and new Burst Assault Rifles

At last, scrumping has arrived in Fortnite. Update 4.2 has blessed the Battle Royale map with health-providing apples, which finally provides a much needed in-game explanation for why Doctors without Borders have steered clear of the conflict. I've been playing the game a whole bunch this week, and finding it surprisingly pleasant to kick back in a tower, look at the pretty sky and wait…

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Fortnite’s Infinity War is a little more finite than expected

The good news: Earth is saved! The less good news: The Ribena Bully himself, Thanos, is headed home tomorrow after an all-too-brief appearance in mega-popular battle royale shooter Fortnite. We all knew that his appearance was going to be a temporary thing, but it does feel like he could have stuck around a little longer, even if Epic were having trouble balancing an alien god against a…

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Fortnite: Battle Royale’s 50v50 event mode is back

Fortnite: Battle Royale's world has experienced a lot of shake-ups lately. A gigantic comet destroyed part of the map. There's an alien God mucking about. There's a weirdo device about to be added. And now, the 50v50 mode has come back to lay waste to gigantic teams. It's a bit of a surprise to see 50v50 return amid everything else, but on the other hand,…

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5 months ago

Fortnite Battle Royale v4.0 has pleasingly silly secrets

A superhero headquarters, a villainous base, and green screen rooms ideal for making silly videos are among the surprises players have discovered in Fortnite Battle Royale after yesterday's big version 4.0 update. Other than the whole 'a comet strike wiped out a whole area and scattered anti-grav crystals', of course. Though Fortbaro started as straightforward cartoony Plunkbut with building, it has developed its own identity…

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s comet hits, starting season 4

The ominous comet which grew larger in the skies over Fortnite Battle Royale across many weeks has finally struck, reshaping parts of the map and kicking off the start of Season 4. Dusty Depot has borne the brunt of the strikes and become Dusty Divot, a big crater with a little research station. Other comet fragments have struck elsewhere on the map. The comet has…

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