It’s one of the most popular video games at the moment, but many Fortnite players have been shocked this week after Epic Games announced a huge change to the game’s rules.
The change means that any players using ‘signalling’ will now be punished.
Signalling means communicating with opponents, including jumping or swinging their pickaxe to grab their attention.
Fortnite explained: “Throughout last year, players have been sending or receiving signals more commonly during official Fortnite competitions to the point where many players are confused around the ruling.
“For 2020 (starting 1/20/20), we are taking action against any kind of in-game communication between opponents via signaling in official tournament matches. This includes, but is not limited to: Pick-axe swinging, Emoting, Toy tossing, Jumping.”
If players are now caught signalling, they’ll receive a penalty.
Fortnite added: “We want to be explicitly clear that pacifism-style gameplay is still allowed, but if signaling is involved, we will review and take appropriate action for the teaming/collusion penalty. Repeat offenders may be subject to increased penalties.”
The rule change has come as a shock for many players, including Fortnite star Ninja, who questioned the ban on jumping.
He tweeted: “I can see where epic is coming from, as a spectator seeing teams and players rotating and not shooting and swinging pick axes can seem odd but with no rotation items at all professional players understand when the time to fight actually is. Also, jumping? Best way to dodge snipes.”
Meanwhile. another player added: “I just saw a bit of news that you can get banned… for jumping in competitive Fortnite?!! I think it’s about signalling enemies to not attack or something but BRUH imo it’s one of the worst run esports eve.”
The news comes shortly after Fortnite teamed up with TikTok to launch a new contest called the Emote Royale Contest.
Epic Games explained: “How’s it work? Take a video of yourself breaking into an original dance move, then share your submission on TikTok using the hashtag #EmoteRoyaleContest.
“The winning dance will become an Emote in Fortnite.”
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