Fortnite continues to chug along as one of the most-played games at the present moment, as indicated by its consistent updates and booming competitive scene. While this unfortunately comes at the cost of employees accusing Fortnite developer Epic Games of crunch culture, the game is still a financial success for Epic. The game is not without its detractors, though, as the winners of Fortnite‘s Collegiate Starleague finals were very outspoken about their feelings of Fortnite and Epic’s handling of the game’s balancing issues.
Following the Fortnite competition within recent weeks, in which about 1,200 players were caught cheating in the Fortnite World Cup, the Collegiate Starleague finals took place in Atlantic City, where Fortnite players from around the nation competed intensely for victory. The winners of the competition were University of Georgia students Ibrahim Diaz and Jack Stuttard, who were both very critical of Epic Games’ extremely popular game following their victory.
Onstage, Diaz and Stuttard were asked what was next for them. Stuttard said the two “don’t really like the game that much anymore” and they will “see what happens.” Furthermore, Stuttard said, “Epic is kind of messing around a little bit with the way they’re balancing everything.”
Diaz was asked the same question, and in response, Diaz said, “Well, we’ve decided we don’t want to play, like, competitive Fortnite anymore, so we’re gonna move on to different games or probably just, like, do different stuff.” The two were told they were retiring on top and were congratulated for their victory in the finals. Diaz and Stuttard were then given rings, as prizes, for their success onstage, as well as a reward of $6,000.
Congrats to @EsportsUGA for becoming the grand champions for the inaugural CSL Fortnite season! #CSLFinals2019
✨ @CSLLoL GRAND FINALS up next!
— Collegiate Starleague (@CStarleague) April 28, 2019
For being as popular and beloved Fortnite is in the industry right now, it’s a bit disheartening to hear the two of the game’s pro players claiming they will be full-on quitting the game. Of course, if the aforementioned handling of the game’s balance issues are disliked in a widespread way, it might be true that this criticism from the two champions is what needs to be heard. It’s up for debate if they criticized it in the right way by doing so onstage following a victory, but it certainly opens up a conversation about one of gaming’s biggest titles.
Beyond Fortnite‘s Collegiate Starleague champions’ win and their potential departure from the pro scene, it’s safe to presume many fans will continue to engage with the game. So, in light of one of the biggest cinematic releases of all-time last weekend in Avengers: Endgame, players can check out how to collect the Infinity Stones in Fortnite.
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