For millions of Fortnite fans, Friday Fortnite — a YouTuber- and streamer-focused tournament series hosted by shameless drama profiteer Keemstar — has become a weekly ritual. This week was supposed to be its swan song, but the party’s been called off because Epic decided to host an even bigger shindig just down the block.
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Last weekend, Epic kicked off its $US8 ($11) million Fortnite “Summer Skirmish” series with a $US250,000 ($337,415) tournament featuring top-tier players and content creators. Thanks to latency issues and confusing camera work, it was a disaster.
Now Epic has put out a postmortem acknowledging that, yeah, between lag and hyper-cautious players, things didn’t go super great.
Yesterday, popular YouTuber Philip DeFranco uploaded a video where he claimed that YouTube was "shutting down" his channel due to guideline violations that included "excessive strong language". Since then, panic and confusion have struck the YouTube world, with some wondering if this is the start of an excessive clamp down that would put channels with millions of subscribers out of business.
"YouTube has a problem... the most recent one involves something that I absolutely hate, which is drama," Pewdiepie, YouTube's biggest star, said in a video on Saturday that is approaching three million views. "Drama is the hot new thing. Drama is what everyone is talking about."