The nasty change to Fortnite matchmaking Epic is keeping quiet

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There's a big problem with Fortnite's new matchmaking system.
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Fortnite finally offers skill-based matchmaking — and that’s good news for everyone. But it comes with a nasty change Epic Games didn’t mention when it first revealed the overhaul.

Here’s why lots of longtime fans are finding Battle Royale unbearable after last week’s version 10.40 update.

The problem with Apple Arcade? It’s just not that special [Opinion]

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Can Arcade ever become the service Apple promised?
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Apple Arcade’s slate of more than 100 games for $4.99 a month looks like one of the best deals in gaming at first glance. But Apple’s new game subscription service fails to live up to the expectations of many iPhone and iPad owners.

That’s not because the games are bad. Or because there are hidden fees we weren’t expecting. It’s because Cupertino billed Apple Arcade as something special … and it just isn’t.

Fortnite 10.40 brings skill-based matchmaking, brand-new content

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Drop in today to enjoy skill-based matchmaking for the first time.
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Skill-based matchmaking has finally arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale with today’s version 10.40 update.

The release also brings brand-new game modes and locations, big changes to controller settings, and bug fixes. But there’s one thing missing for players on iPhone and iPad.

Why Fortnite’s big matchmaking changes are good for everyone

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Everyone should welcome skill-based matchmaking.
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Epic Games has confirmed major matchmaking changes are coming to Fortnite in this week’s 10.40 update.

The changes are designed to make Battle Royale a little easier and therefore more enjoyable for inexperienced players. But here’s why it could be good news for every Fortnite fan.

iOS 13 bug is a ‘total game killer’ for Fortnite and PUBG

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Think twice before making the jump to iOS 13.
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Don’t upgrade to iOS 13 if you love playing Fortnite or PUBG on your iPhone or iPad.

Gamers quickly discovered that iOS 13’s new three-finger gesture interrupts gameplay. While players try to aim and move with a 4 finger claw-like input method it brings up a new text editing bar that prevents you from doing anything so you’re just a sitting duck for opponents.

Fortnite update adds new Party Hub, Split View support on iPad

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Chatting with friends couldn't be easier.
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Fortnite’s brand new Party Hub makes it easier than ever for mobile players to stay in touch with friends.

You can use it to chat to other players both inside and outside of the game. It will tell you which of your friends are online and let you start a party before jumping into a match on any platform.

Fortnite’s floating island returns with new Zapper Trap

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Revisit the floating island today.
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Fortnite’s floating island has returned to Battle Royale — and this time the Motel is right on top of it.

This week’s content update also brings the brand new Zapper Trap. The throwable consumable shocks opponents on either side of a wall, making it an ideal counter to turtling.