Hacker breaks into Fortnite Twitter in response to game changes

By Olivia Richman

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Apr 11, 2019

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“Revert the changes.” 

One Fortnite fan was apparently bothered enough by the game’s recent changes to hack the game’s official Twitter account and post this simple tweet. 

The cryptic hack took place shortly after Epic Games released a controversial change just days before the Fortnite World Cup. Participants are no longer able to use stretched resolutions in Arena Mode or in tournaments. 

The hacker is not alone in this sentiment. Many Fortnite streamers have spoken out about the resolution requirements, including the game’s biggest personality.

“The revert back to Season 1 settings – adding Arena, increasing queue times in the later sections, and now… Removing stretch res from competitions… All of this somehow better be paying off, because if this is somehow not benefiting Epic, I don’t know what they are doing,” Tyler “Ninja” Blevins said. 

Players looking to compete in the upcoming Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers will now be required to use a 16:9 native resolution. This is the developer’s attempt at making sure that certain PC players won’t have an advantage thanks to a greater vertical field of view in a game whose battles very often move to vertical spaces as opposing players rapidly build structures in front of and beneath one another.

Compared to other popular titles like Apex Legends, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite has the narrowest field of vision. Those other games feature more visibility vertically and horizontally. With the stretched resolution, players are able to get different points of view that can significantly affect gameplay. Epic Games locking down the game’s resolution prevents dramatically different perspectives from being used in the game.

The change is understandable, but the late nature of it has rubbed many players the wrong way.

Since this requirement was announced just 10 days before the Qualifiers, pros that have been using stretched resolutions for more than a year will have to get used to a new resolution and field of view in just over a single week’s time. 

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