Controller Aim Assist Buff Creates An Uproar In The Fortnite Community

Published 05/26/2020, 9:18 PM EDT


The aim-assist for controllers in Fortnite has been a topic of constant debate within the community. As an increasing number of players have shifted to controllers, tournaments like the FNCS Invitational keep getting dominated by controller players. Meanwhile, traditional keyboard and mouse players like Ninja and Tfue have scrutinized Epic’s implementation of the broken aim-assist on PC.

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Last week, the developers acknowledged the criticisms in the patch notes for the 12.60 update. They assured to bring forward necessary adjustments once the FNCS Invitational reached its conclusion. Today, the update v12.61 went live with players expecting some changes. However, it seems, the latest Fortnite update failed to make a positive impact on the demands of the player base. Instead of nerfing the aim assist for PC controllers, Epic has reportedly buffed it up.

Controller aim assist receives a buff instead of a nerf

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After the new update went live, several pro players tested the aim-assist changes themselves. Cody “Clix” Conrod, one of the most skilled players on keyboard and mouse, was among them. Learning about the enhanced aim-assist for controllers astounded him. It seems that players are now able to connect their shots precisely even beyond the 100-meter range. Clix’s reaction and findings are showcased in a clip he posted on Twitter.

So they buffed aim assist… (Before the update, you don't have aim assist past 100 meters, now you do. pic.twitter.com/sgMup2YInw

— Clix (@ClixHimself) May 26, 2020

Another professional Fortnite player, Knight, also provided a couple of video clips of him testing the adjustments. Similarly, he also reported the aim-assist being stronger at distances farther than 100 meters. Moreover, he showcased the “busted” aim by efficiently tracking targets through builds.

AR AIM IS BUSTED ACTUALLY. Aim Assist tracking through builds. pic.twitter.com/WCBJGJPJJl

— Knight (@KnightFN_) May 26, 2020

Fortnite pros disappointed with aim assist adjustments

The aim-assist for controllers on PC has emerged as one of the major talking points in competitive Fortnite. Since the v12.61 update, numerous pro players have expressed their thoughts about the PC controller adjustments on social media. While some are astonished, others are dissatisfied.
Tfue is currently playing Warzone and is taking a break from Fortnite after growing frustrated with the game. He joked that people genuinely expected a nerf and stated the game is “made for little kids who play on controller.”

People actually thought aim assist was gonna get nerfed 🤣🤣😂😂😂 Fortnite is a game made for little kids who play on controller

— Tfue (@TTfue) May 26, 2020

Fortnite World Cup Champion, Bugha is among the most vocal players calling for Epic Games to nerf aim-assist. He tagged Thwifo in a tweet and deemed his decision correct. What was the decision? You may ask. Just like Tfue, the player for Ghost Gaming is also on a break.

.@thwifo you made the right decision 😢

— Bugha (@bugha) May 26, 2020

A top pro player from Europe, Benjyfishy, had a hard time comprehending Epic’s decision to buff instead of a nerf.

im doneeee bro how do they end up buffing something they wanted to nerf like how is that possible

— benjyfishy (@benjyfishy) May 26, 2020

Australian pro, SerpentAU, summed up the community’s reaction to the aim-assist changes in the form of a hilarious video clip featuring English YouTube personality, KSI.

The community before and after the update pic.twitter.com/qY9Zdlwprh

— OT Serpent (@SerpentAU) May 26, 2020

South American Esports analyst and Fortnite coach, Speedy, made a Warzone reference to describe the situation.

Fortnite is in the gulag

— Speedy (@ImSpeedyGonzale) May 26, 2020

Twitch streamer, Dakotaz, doesn’t feel good about the update either.

is anyone else freezing like crazy since the new update? in @FortniteGame

— dakotaz (@dakotaz) May 26, 2020

Meanwhile, pro player for NRG eSports, Unknown, had this to say.

THEY DIDNT EVEN NERF YOUR SO MAD LMAOOOO I TOLD YOU

— NRG Unknown (@UnknownxArmy1x) May 26, 2020

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Esports Talk uploaded a video on YouTube, discussing the buff for controller aim-assist sharing reactions of recognized personalities from the Fortnite community. Here’s the video if you want to watch it.

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The latest patch has seemingly added more fuel to the fire burning around PC controller aim-assist in the competitive scene. Hopefully, this is just Epic’s way of testing things before they make more significant adjustments in Fortnite Season 3.

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Souhardya Biswas

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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