The Fortnite: Battle Royale duo that won the Collegiate Starleague championship this weekend got a stellar result while the $1 million World Cup Open Qualifiers were taking place at the same time. What’s the obvious next step for them? Ending their careers.
The University of Georgia duo of Ibrahin Diaz and Jack Stuttard revealed on stage that they’re quitting competitive Fortnite. They confirmed that while being interviewed after winning the CSL Fortnite Grand Finals, and said that they don’t like the game that much anymore. “We’ll see what happens,” one of the players said. “Epic is kind of messing around a little bit with the way they’re balancing everything.” The interviewer, who was caught by surprise by that answer, asked the other player for a better answer, who confirmed that they’re quitting competitive Fortnite and looking to compete in another game in the future.
The clip of the interview has been watched by over 500,000 people so far, mostly due to how the players’ open criticism resonated with the game’s competitive community. They vocalized the frustration of the community toward the company’s latest decisions for Fortnite’s competitive scene live on stream, even without specifying what was “the way they’re bouncing everything.”
Some of what Fortnite competitive players have been begging Epic to change is to let them use custom screen resolutions with increased field of view in professional competition again. FOV has been locked in to a 16:9 native resolution since the World Cup Open Qualifiers started, and Epic confirmed it doesn’t intend to add a field of view slider anytime soon. Other requested changes, such as the addition of siphon mechanics to all game modes, have also been shut down by Epic, who says that these mechanics exist only in the Arena mode.
Epic has been under fire for more than competitive changes as well. Fortnite players have shown their disappointment toward the reported excessive work at the company, which is reportedly making developers and quality assurance testers work up to 100 hours per week.
The duo won $6,000 for their university during their first (and last) time playing competitive collegiate Fortnite.