Two University of Georgia students won the Fortnite Collegiate Starleague tournament finals recently before criticizing the game and calling out Epic over the way “they are balancing everything”.
This happened a few moments before they announced that they are quitting competitive Fortnite. The duo won $6,000 for their university.
Despite the massive success and prize pools, Fortnite continues to disappoint professional players. During the post-game interview, the University of Georgia’s Ibrahim Diaz and Jack Stuttard talked about the current state of Fortnite and how Epic has been handling things lately. “We’ll see what happens,” Stuttard told the interviewer. “Epic is kind of messing around a little bit with the way they’re balancing everything.”
The player’s teammate then shared his viewpoint by saying that “We’ve decided that we don’t want to play competitive Fortnite anymore, so we’re going to move on to different games and probably, like, do different stuff”.
This was expected to happen because Epic has been criticized multiple times before for releasing game breaking updates moments before big tournaments. Fortnite has been in deep waters since the removal of Siphon feature from the battle royale mode (now exclusive in Arena mode). Players made it clear that they want to see Siphon return but Epic released a statement recently to say that most of the players are happy with the removal of Siphon.
Everybody enjoyed receiving health and shields for eliminations after we introduced the changes to the core modes, but there was an unexpected consequence: players at large grew more frustrated with Fortnite play, feeling they had less of a chance due to encounters with high-skill players with full health and shields.
Ultimately, Siphon increased engagement for the highest-skilled 10%, while the remaining 90% were more frustrated and played less.
For a better future, Epic should stop making changes to the game at such a fast pace. Meaning, that the developers should stop releasing new items all the time, new weapons, and map changes to allow competitive players to have some stability in the game.
In addition to this, Epic should consider adding field of view (FOV) options to competitive Fortnite, which has been requested by the players from a very long time. The massive pool prize of Fortnite World Cup is guaranteed to attract professional players but if Epic Games continues to ignore the demands of competitive players, more of them will leave soon.
Fortnite is now available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.