Fortnite Community Reacts to the Sudden Ban on Wagers

Published 03/29/2021, 11:46 AM EDT


Fortnite wagers have been a part of both competitive and casual circles in the game. The concept was first popularized by Clix who would place bets against people who would 1v1 him. Since then, Epic has become more strict in its compliance with gambling laws across the world. Thus, to ensure the safety and longevity of Fortnite, the game-mode has now been banned.

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In order to enforce this, Epic contacted the creator of wagers while he was live-streaming. According to Clix, they threatened to ban the streamer if he continued to stream wagers. Since Clix is 16, two years below the legal gambling age, this precaution is understandable.

Both Clix and his teammate Ronaldo commented on how they were unable to stream Battle Royale or arena gameplay due to the abundance of stream snipers. Clix was left asking his stream, “How are they so fast to react to this but not when I get stream sniped?”

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Is this the end for Fortnite?

This event sent the Fortnite community as a whole into an uproar. It was split into two sides. One side was grateful to Epic for providing this content and gaming experience for so many seasons on end. Players on the other side were tired of the broken mechanics and in-game toxicity, which they blamed Epic for.

As a result, the #ripfortnite and #ThankYouEpic were trending throughout the day. Players like TSM Ops, Balla, M1o Motor, and Plalism all took digs at Fortnite. They were frustrated that Epic was so proactive to remove an element from the game that gave them enjoyment when instead they should be focusing on bettering the gameplay.

Other members were reminiscing the simpler times in Fortnite back when the game first came out.

The popular Fortnite data-miner, HYPEX, also weighed in on the topic. He revealed that Fortnite was a beacon of light that helped him get past his financial struggles.

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While the frustration of the pros is understandable, as Fortnite is their source of income and having an unbalanced game has a drastic effect on their livelihood, Epic would not intentionally harm its own competitive community.

Only time will tell if this is Fortnite’s swan song or the titan of a game will live to see another day. What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaron Dias is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently, he is a student at Xaviers College and is heavily invested in eSports. His interest in eSports began when he was young, with titles like FIFA, WWE, and Grand Theft Auto.

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