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Fortnite: Is Epic mishandling the competitive potential and eSports perspective?

Image Credits - Epic Games
Image Credits - Epic Games
Dipanjan Dey
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Modified 26 Sep 2020, 21:17 IST
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As Fortnite battle royale celebrates its 3rd birthday, it's time to look back and address a few issues. A significant section of the community claims that the game has died down, and that it is now just a marketing gimmick. Some even claim that the game died when Playground was introduced. 

Despite all these issues, Fortnite still remains on top of the BR genre in the gaming world, competing with the likes of Call Of Duty Warzone and Apex Legends. However, not all these issues are unfounded; some of them make a lot of sense. 


The disparity created in Fortnite

The most important one being the disparity created in the competitive scene. As seen in the recent Fortnite Champion Series, cheating has become a massive factor in the game. Since then, Epic Games took some pre-emptive measures to tackle these issues. However, this is just where the problem begins. 

Epic Games always make it a point to solve an issue that pops up. Several experts though, claim that they do not go back to previous problems to address them. 

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Competitive players have followed the pattern and made it a point to use social media to express dissatisfaction, especially when Epic Games does not pay attention. 


What makes Fortnite so special

This includes players who are still in the game and players that have left. The likes of TimTheTatMan, SypherPK, Tfue, FaZe Bizzle, and even world champion Bugha, revealed their discontent with the dynamics of the game. Numerous players left over time to pursue other battle royale titles. 

A building mechanic in a BR dynamic is what made Fortnite special. However, over the years, Epic Games have neglected this aspect and BR dynamics have evolved massively in the last three years. 

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With the growth of Warzone, there is a massive amount of changes other games need to make. For instance, the Gulag/Reboot feature, as TimTheTatMan pointed out. 


The community predictions and current changes

Recently, after Rod Brusleu posted a Tweet, numerous old posts started cropping up. While some addressed how Fortnite could have been the best in eSports, others compared the Prize Pool changes. 

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Image Credits - https://www.reddit.com/user/beloved93/

On the contrary, the game has evolved in a way that attracts new players to the game. Experts from different spheres are either choosing to move on or voice their opinions. 

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YouTuber itsJerian explains in his video how Epic Games is majorly lagging behind with the overall game. He suggests that has to start with the Arena Mode. A proper ranking system is also another aspect of how Fortnite can evolve.  

itsJerian does go on to blame Epic Games for trying to make everyone happy. However, Epic Games has delivered in the past, and has improved their inter-community relations as well. Thus, conclusive blame cannot be shifted to anyone in this situation.


Epic Games can potentially dominate eSports with Fortnite 

Image Credits - Epic Games
Image Credits - Epic Games

Epic Games hoped to manage Fortnite by trying their best with what they had. The live events, concerts, collaborations, and incredible crossovers with other games have all come too late. 

An unbalanced loot pool, poor weapon dynamics, laggy servers, reprehensible glitches, and a penchant for adding creative content instead of competitive fixes - these are all reasons that have driven players away. 

Thus, regardless of what happens with viewership on Twitch or on the eSports front, Fortnite will forever be one of the epoch-defining games of all time. The potential the competitive side has, should not be wasted. Therefore, Epic Games needs to address these issues to prevent further damage to the competitive side. They have in the past, and they followed that recently as well. Whether they continue to do so, remains to be seen.

Published 26 Sep 2020, 21:17 IST
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