Fortnite Alpha Tournament: Day 2 Start Times, Pin Rewards Not Working, Epic Games Updates (Pic: EPIC GAMES)
On Tuesday Fortnite rolled out the 6.10 Update and with it the games new Tournaments feature.
This all kicked off in the afternoon as the first Fortnite Alpha Tournament went live. But unfortunately, it was beset by issues.
For those who don't know, the new events tab in the game will not play host to several daily tournaments, allowing a simple pathway and opportunity for every player to compete directly alongside the Fortnite Battle Royale pros.
The games second tournament is set to begin TODAY, October 17th at precisely 5pm BST this afternoon for everyone in the EU.
But ahead of the launch of the games second day of Alpha Tournaments, read on for all the latest news from Epic Games on those ongoing issues impacting the game and what they're doing to fix them as quick as possible.
Alpha Tournament Status & Known Issues
The sudden influx of players attempting to search for matches at the start of the tournament caused some issues with our matchmaking services as they attempted to balance match assignment in response to the demand. We are updating our matchmaking strategy to better accommodate the rush of players at the start of a tournament.
Schedule & Tournament Regions
An issue was identified where often the 'Tournament Region' displayed in the Events tab would indicate a player was viewing the event list for 'North America'. This is a visual bug only, each region has their own tournament schedule and all times displayed inside of the Events tab are correct based on your local timezone and system clock.
We have a couple known issues around incorrect scores:
Scenario one – players did not receive any points because they were not being matched into the tournament correctly – despite it appearing as if they were. Restarting the game would fix this issue and allow you to earn points. This should now display an error if you try to matchmake with this issue, and well be fixing in a future release.
Scenario two – players may incorrectly either receive a point or not get credit for reaching an elimination or placement goal. However, the correct score would be shown after a 2-3 minute delay or the next time a player returned to the Lobby. Were actively investigating a fix for this, but your score should be correct at the end of an event currently.
Unfortunately, any points lost during this event will not be recoverable.
The tournament system is intended to match you against players with similar score during the session, becoming less strict in its search over time to ensure you find a match eventually. Players who have higher scores should expect longer matchmaking times and tougher matches, while players with lower scores should expect an easier time as many of the higher scoring players filter out.
Currently, we're finding that this isn't working correctly and is resulting in matches that are more mixed in score than we intended, especially when it comes to players with high scores during the event. We'll be continuing to iterate on this to provide a better matched experience, so expect this to fluctuate regularly.
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There's also another big issue which players have brought to the attention of Epic Games Dev team, more specifically to do with players gaming the system.
Writing directly under the known issues post on Reddit, one user brought up the issue of certain players exploiting the system to acheieve as high a score as possible:
"What are your thoughts on players exploiting the system by going to tilted and getting as many kills as possible, suiciding then rinse and repeat to get points through kills instead of placement? It seems as if this system is punishing players for playing out the entire game."
Luckily, Epic's esports rep u/SkyzYn replied and said the team were "keeping an eye on it", before then adding:
"the expectation is that once matchmaking is working as expected, this strategy is a lot more difficult because matches are tougher and queue times a bit longer as you earn points."
Alpha Event Times
- 2300 – 0200 UTC
- 7 PM – 10 PM ET
- 4 PM – 7 PM PT
- 1600 – 1900 UTC
- 6 PM – 9 PM CEST
- 2200 – 0100 UTC
- 7 PM – 10 PM BRT
- 1000 – 1300 UTC
- 7 PM – 10 PM JST
- 0600 – 0900 UTC
- 5 PM – 8 PM AEDT