In Fortnite’s TwitchCon Fall Skirmish finale, Epic Games have outlined a specific set of peripherals and graphics settings which all pro-players must abide by - and it didn’t take long for the players to voice their dismay at the decision.
Esports consultant Rod Breslau referred to Fortnite’s TwitchCon event as “amateur dressed up as esports” over on twitter, which then sparked a huge response from the players.
Epic Games is hosting a close to $2 Million Fortnite esports tournament at TwitchCon and is forcing all players on both PC and console to use on-site peripherals (mice/keyboard/controllers) AND max video settings. This is not competitive. Its amateur dressed up as esports. pic.twitter.com/gat5kWNowVRod Breslau (@Slasher) October 11, 2018
Much of the issue lies in the enforcement of high settings, especially for those streaming matches. Team Liquid’s “POACH” wasn’t even sure his PC could handle the game.
Tomorrows stream will entail me using 1920x1080, a wired G-Pro mouse and keyboard and possibly some high settings, no way Im torturing myself with shadows yet. Dont even know if I can manage streaming on these settings. IM GOING TO HAVE A BLAST DONT MIND THE RAGING.POACH (@LiquidPoach) October 20, 2018
Pro player "OpTic Marz" also chimed in with his disappointment too.
I just tried to run epic settings in Fortnite and my computer sounded like I was shaking up a can of screws and boltsOpTic Marz (@MarkyWap) October 16, 2018
Many pro players often have beefy PCs, but tone down video settings in favour of optimal FPS. Of course it won’t look pretty, but it provides smoother gameplay and caters to their personal preferences too.
Cloud 9’s “Hysteria” expressed his concern over the required settings and explained that many pro-players turn off certain settings like shadows and post processing as it offers a slight visual advantage.
yeah the big issue is the in game settings being forced to max. Id say 99% of pro players/streamers all play with shadows and post processing shit off. It makes it legit hard to see and therefore lowers the level of playC9 Hysteria (@JacobHysteria) October 22, 2018
However, it wasn’t all negative. Pro player "G2 Lothar" defended Epic Games’ decision as a necessary “logistical” move. Fortnite youtuber "JoblessGarrett" also cited a similar defense.
Its needed for logistical reason. When you have 100 pcs and probably 500+ players playing in heat waves, you just can’t allow players to tinker with the pcs everytime. Recipe for hours of delays.G2 Lothar (@LotharHS) October 11, 2018
Reason for this is because the amount of people entering. It also eliminates and time delays and possibly installed cheat programs into peripherals that are home brought. This type of money... they can do what ever they want. Its a great opportunity for all playersGarrett (@JoblessGarrett) October 11, 2018
The VP of Infinite esports (home of OpTiC Gaming), Jacob Toft-Anderson argued that Epic had never referred to TwitchCon as an esports event in the first place.
Have they, Epic Games, referred to it as an ‘Esport tournament’ anywhere? Seems like an activation, and as you rightfully mentioned, amateurish and wholly promotional. Which is of course fine and their right to do.Jacob Toft-Andersen (@TheMaelk) October 11, 2018
Epic Games hasn’t commented on the issue and likely won’t. Either way, we can see where both sides are coming from and it’ll be interesting to see how the Fortnite esports scene develops and whether they ditch or retain these restrictions.