Epic bans streamer for team killing

In the past 24 hours the Fortnite Battle Royale has been slightly divided on the issue of punishing players who kill their own team. This topic of discussion has been gaining more and more momentum since a popular streamer was just hit by the mighty Ban Hammer for killing his team while streaming.

The person I’m going to be ranting about goes by the name of Alexramigaming and to be fair, I must warn you, he wasn’t one of my favorite people to begin with.

First of all, let’s talk about streaming for a little bit. Streamers are gamers turned entertainers who create content via different streaming platforms such as Twitch, Youtube or Mixer. The tools available for most streamers are their skills when it comes to the games they usually play, their personality and the effort they are willing to invest in order to build a loyal following. The income of most streamers comes from donations from viewers, sponsorship deals in some cases and subscriptions. Other streamers have managed to build solid brands which they then use to sell merchandise for bigger brands through affiliate programs or in some VERY rare cases their own branded merchandise.

We are currently discussing Fortnite Battle Royale so it makes sense that we bring up some of the big streamers who are currently doing well when it comes to this game. We have LIRIK, Summit1G, Ninja, Tecnosh.

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These are extremely skilled players, they are inspirational, funny, professional, their streams have very high production values. And then there’s this guy:

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Alexramigaming had been recently sponsored by Epic, the developer behind Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale, has a lot of viewers and is in a position many aspiring streamers would kill to be in. Not everyone can get there, it takes a great deal of dedication to build up a stream, I’m not disputing his merits. However, since yesterday he gained a lot of publicity because of this stunt:

So as we can see above, completely unprovoked this asshole takes out his team just for the fun of it, quickly realizes that he might lose his sponsorship from Epic and tries to justify his actions to his viewers. What bothers me is that his viewers tell him that he does this all the time….Epic issued a ban on his account and now gamers are debating it on social media.

I chose to write about this because I’ve been killed by my own team just for laughs and giggles and it really screws with my game. If you play squads you have 96 enemies to kill, it doesn’t really help to have 3 more on your own team. The community and Epic need to act against these people in order to preserve the good vibes. The lack of punishment is what brought the downfall of other gaming communities. League of Legends for instance, is famous for having the most toxic player base out there exactly for this reason. Riot Games really dropped the ball when it comes to trolls, feeders, afk-ers in order to maintain player retention. Epic really needs to get ahead of that.

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Some people say that Epic was unfair for banning this douchebag, because he is a streamer, because people learn to play the game by watching his stream, because he brings in new players to the game and because he is a positive influence. Others feel sorry for him because he had invested upwards of 200 USD in skins for the game.I say Fuck that!

It is because he IS a streamer that he should be banned from Fortnite permanently. As his fans say, he is a streamer and has a lot of viewers. If he team kills and Epic let it slide, people will see it. Because he has a lot of viewers he is in a position of influence and that is incredibly important, people tend to imitate streamers and I for one don’t want idiots like him spawning all over the place. I don’t care that one of the players he killed is 11 years old, you just don’t fucking do it, period.There is a saying that goes like this:

People who play stupid games win stupid prizes.

What are your thoughts on this?

Future improvements of Battle Royale

Keeping us updated with the state of development and the work they are doing on maintaining Battle Royale on the right track, Epic has just announced that not even the map we are currently playing on is not finished from their point of view (and that is a rare thing to hear from a developer).

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Other upcoming improvements are a new game mode, custom games, tournament support and many more items.

But the best thing I read as part of their latest update is this:

We’ve been internally playtesting an overhaul of our shooting model to remove random bullet spread while aiming down sights. We want to improve shooting while maintaining the usefulness of building cover while under fire and without changing engagement distances or the flow of the game.

The initial results are promising. The changes need more work and tuning. We are shooting (har har) to provide a test client and servers for you to provide feedback and iterate on this together with us in December.

While other major developers Cough*EA bitches* Cough are all about greed and draining player’s pockets, other developers still hold their players close by providing an awesome experience and building loyalty. Well done, Epic!

 

Battle Royale gets new Game Mode

Epic have been doing an incredible job when it comes to working on Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale. The already smooth running hit game is getting major updates and fixes almost on a weekly basis, new weapons/ utility items are constantly added  in order to keep things interesting for the community of players.

Unlike rival Pubg where Bluehole are doing anything BUT focus on finishing their product, Epic are constantly improving performance on all platforms and keeping their ear to the ground to absorb as much feedback as possible. There is nothing more fans can expect.

When we thought things couldn’t get better Epic came out and announced a new Game Mode which will be revealed on December 7th.

Watch The Game Awards show on Dec. 7 … details on a fun new mode will be revealed live.

While speculations have flooded the web on what the game mode might be, this writer hopes for a massive team Deathmatch . However a snowball fight is definitely possible given that the update is set to be released just before Christmas. A snowy map would also be available but I guess we’ll just have to wait until December 7th to find out.

Jon Bernthal IS The Punisher

When Marvel chose to cast Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in the second season of Daredevil a lot of people were less than optimistic because most of us still associated Bernthal with The Walking Dead’s Shane.  Equally hated and loved, Shane was an amazing and complex character that only Bernthal could have pulled off. I, for one, was sorry to see him go.

It was by watching interviews of Bernthal that I realized how  different he is from the characters he plays, Shane in TWD, Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis in Fury , to name just two of his roles before stepping into Frank Castle’s combat boots. A father of 3, Jon Bernthal is actually a pretty relaxed and happy dude, friendly and open, nothing like the majority of his characters that seem to have a penchant for violence and a dark dangerous side to them.  The fact that he can so easily transform into his characters comes as a true testament of his acting prowess, but now, let’s go deeper into the character we’re talking about, Frank Castle AKA The Punisher.

In this iteration of the character Frank Castle is a man set on taking on all criminals by any means necessary with the ultimate goal of erasing them from our world. While previous movies about The Punisher  did not show the Marvel Studios banner, this one IS Marvel’s  The Punisher. Jon Bernthal has studied the character at length and said :

once you devour and eat up as much as you can, my way is to make it as personal as possible

His main inspiration, however, is Thomas Jane’s short film Dirty Laundry in which the actor was basically paying homage to the character and the fans after deciding not to star in a second movie due to creative differences with the studio.

On understanding the character Bernthal had this to say :

He ain’t got a fucking cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a fucking tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment.

The Punisher is basically an angry  man, completely broken by the tragic loss of his family, who then rose up and took to hunting down anyone who had anything to do  with his loss and anyone involved in criminal activities of any kind. Having killing bad guys by any means necessary as his only reason to live turns Castle into a true psychopath, and when we add sorrow and sometimes guilt for the loss of his two children and wife, not being able to get close to anyone and not trusting people easily The Punisher becomes a challenge for any actor.

When Bernthal’s  Punisher was introduced on Netflix’s Daredevil nobody expected him to steal the show from Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk (brilliant Vincent D’Onofrio)but he totally did and this is why he was given his own show. Don’t believe me? Take a look below:

John Bernthal certainly has the look: the crazy eyes, the broken nose reminding viewers of someone who is accustomed to violence, the Jarhead haircut that accentuates the psycho look and the functional fitness of his body. Neither big nor small, built but flexible, muscles that you know aren’t just for show.

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When it comes to playing a character with no superpowers, credibility is key, that’s when the actor is required to be believable, to become the character to be able to a certain degree to perform the actions that define him. Bernthal trained with live ammunition, spent hundreds of hours lifting weights and sparring with USMC combat instructors and result was amazing. Jon Bernthal IS The Punisher.

Battle Royale, 20 million players

Fortnite: Battle Royale, the surprise of the year delivered by developer Epic Games keeps breaking records and exceeding expectations. They managed to deliver an amazing gaming experience with a fully optimized game which is absolutely FREE.

Epic are now celebrating another milestone when it comes to player numbers and I am pretty sure they are not going to stop here. For us gamers it is an absolute delight to be able to go along for the ride.