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Epic Games give out free Fortnite V-Bucks after lootbox lawsuit

Fortnite & Rocket League players that bought Loot Boxes will be getting free credits from Epic Games credited to their accounts.

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After an arduous legal battle, Epic Games will now be reimbursing players of Fortnite and Rocket League who purchased and opened loot boxes in either game. They will receive free credits in their game accounts to use on the respective game stores.

The term “loot box” isn’t regarded too highly in the gaming community as the practice has been seen as gambling and locks content away behind paywalls. Epic Games has experienced much success in the last few years with both Fortnite and Rocket League, but they both included loot boxes at one point that required real money to acquire a random set of, possibly unwanted, items.

V-Buck llamas would cost players 50 V-Bucks and produce a random assortment of goodies. Epic then changed them to X-Ray llamas, meaning you would still pay 50 V-Bucks, but the contents of the llama woudl be known, and would change daily.

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The class-action lawsuit has been going on for some time with Epic publicly denying any wrongdoing, believing that they haven’t deceived people, but understand why people are upset.

This is backed up by the verdict saying: “The proposed Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Epic Games, and it denies that it violated the law. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Rather, to avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of litigation, the Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit.

How Fortnite players can claim back V-Bucks, points, and money

The official Epic Games Settlement mentions that “Epic Games will automatically add 1,000 Fortnite V-Bucks to each Fortnite: Save the World account that was used to acquire a random-item “Loot Llama” loot box, and 1,000 Rocket League Credits to each Rocket League account that was used to acquire a random item “Crate” loot box.”

In addition to this, Epic has also set aside $26.5 million to allow players to claim back extra expenses or further points. This can be done by submitting a claim form that can be found on the settlement page, and there is currently no deadline to claim.

Epic Games have even publically addressed the verdict by posting a Tweet from their official Newsroom Twitter handle explaining the situation.

It seems like Epic learned the error of their ways and it’s a huge positive that people are going to be reimbursed for loot box purchases.

The company has already done some good for online gaming with the Battle Pass system introduced in Fortnite. Many other companies have adopted this system, and perhaps they will follow suit with regards to loot boxes.

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Rideable Wildlife set to arrive in Fortnite Season 8

A new setting in Fortnite Season 8’s menus has all-but-confirmed that the leaked, rideable Wildlife will arrive this season.

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Eagle-eyed Fortnite players have spotted a new ‘Riding’ option in the keybinds, all-but-confirming that rideable Wildlife will arrive in Season 8. Data miners have now given more details on how this new traversal feature will work.

It has been leaked before that rideable animals would arrive in Fortnite, but even though Wildlife arrived in Season 6, players have been unable to ride them. Everything from Boars to Raptors could be tamed, but players were unable to use them for traversal.

However, that’s expected to change in Season 8 after eagle-eyed players spotted new control schemes for “Riding” and “Dismounting” in the menus following the new season’s update.

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Fortnite Season 8 is in full swing, bringing a brand-new Cube theme to the island. Much has changed, but Season 6’s Wolves and Boars still remain. These animals can be tamed, but it appears that you’ll soon be able to ride them too.

Fortnite artist @Lix_wan_Kenobi was the first to report the new Riding submenu that arrived after Season 8 launched.

In the Keyboard Controls section of Fortnite’s menus, there is now an option for “Riding,” which contains binds for “Riding Ability” and “Dismount.” The menu isn’t in use yet and doesn’t have any buttons assigned, but the feature should arrive later in the season.

Popular Fortnite dataminer and leaker HYPEX has previously reported that there would be “flying wildlife animals.” These will supposedly come in big and small and will drop Purple weapons and meat. Fortnite has included planes and helicopters in the past, so this is well within the realms of possibility.

HYPEX has now found more rideable animal features in the game files. On September 26, they tweeted that you can’t “search, aim/shoot, build and carry a player” while riding Wildlife.

They also revealed that “you’ll need a Saddle item to ride them,” and “you can make them attack players if they’re an aggressive animal.” Bots can also ride the animals too.

It’s highly likely that either the flying animals or standard Boars and Wolves will become rideable as the season progresses. But stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, where we’ll keep you updated with all things Season 8.


For more Fortnite, check out all the ways you can earn Gold Bars and spend them in Season 8.

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Fortnitemares 2021: New skins, start date & more

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnitemares 2021, including the start date, new skins and game modes.

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Epic Games are gearing up for another holiday-themed event, so here’s everything you need to know about Fortnitemares 2021, including the start date and new skins.

Fortnite’s Season 8 has brought many changes to the battle royale, including the return of Punchcard Quests, donation boards which let you pick what items you want unvaulted, and new skins like Carnage and Venom.

Now that Halloween is almost here, it’s soon going to be time for a new season event. This year, Epic Games are going to help players celebrate the spooky holiday with Fortnitemares 2021.

Here’s a breakdown of the event’s start date, skins, and game modes.

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When is the Fortnitemares 2021 start date?

At the time of writing, Epic Games have yet to confirm when exactly Fortnitemares 2021 is set to go live, but the good news is that the start dates of season events are often easy to predict.

The previous Fortnitemares started two weeks before Halloween on October 16, 2020. Since the devs release update patches every two weeks in Fortnite, the event’s files will probably be added in patch 18.20 or 18.30.

Based on this, it seems likely that the start date of Fortnitemares 2021 will be close to the one for last year’s Halloween-themed event.

Fortnitemares 2021 skins

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The most exciting aspect of season events is all the new festive skins that are added to the game, and Halloween-themed skins are arguably some of the best that you can unlock.

Epic Games have delivered some truly memorable seasonal skins in previous events, and fans are excited about all the new ones that will be arriving in the game during Fortnitemares 2021.

Currently, the developers haven’t specified what skins they’re planning to release but we expect them to include a few spooky variants of existing NPCs on Fortnite Island. We might also see the return of the fan-favorite Halloween soccer skins.

Fortnitemares 2021 games modes

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According to Fortnite data miner HYPEX, Epic Games are currently planning to introduce some new gameplay mechanics in Fortnitemares 2021. This may mean that we’ll get a new game mode soon.

This wouldn’t be too surprising as previous season events have added specific game modes as well. One Fortnitemares activity had players turn into ghosts to try and capture others around the Island.

It remains to be seen whether or not we’ll see the return of that fun game mode from the previous Fortnitemares, but we can be sure that Epic Games have something exciting planned.

That covers everything that has currently been revealed about Fortnitemares 2021. We’ll be sure to update this article with more information regarding the Halloween-themed event as it becomes available.


For more Fortnite, check out our guide on the Fortnite Fourth Birthday event and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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How to upgrade weapons in Fortnite Season 8: Upgrade Bench locations, Crafting, more

Looking for an upgrade? Here’s how to increase your weapon rarity in Fortnite Season 8 through Upgrade Benches, Crafting, and more.

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There are several ways to upgrade your weapons in Fortnite Season 8, so here are all of the Upgrade Bench locations and where you can find Weapon-o-Matic machines to purchase higher rarity guns.

Looting and crafting the best weapons possible is a significant factor in winning a game of Fortnite. All the builds in the world can’t save you if you can’t defend yourself, after all.

Fortnite is a battle royale, so there will always be some luck in finding the best weapons. However, you can eliminate some of this RNG and build the best loadout possible through upgrading and crafting.

Here’s everything you need to know about upgrading weapons in Fortnite Season 8:

Fortnite Season 8 Upgrade Bench locations

Fortnite upgrade bench locations

Several Weapon Upgrade Benches are scattered around the Season 8 map, so you should never be too far away from finding one. You can either consult the map from Fortnite.GG, or check out the detailed locations below.

  • Lockies Lighthouse at the southern docking area
  • Craggy Cliffs in the eastern garage
  • Steamy Stacks in the center building
  • Crashed Cargo east of Believer Beach
  • Believer Beach in the trailer park
  • Risky Reels behind the house
  • Corny Crops in the eastern building where Madcap can be found
  • Compact Cards north of Destroyed Dish
  • Dirty Docks in the eastern warehouse
  • Viking Vessel in the house to the north
  • Dusted Depot east of The Aftermath
  • The Durrr Burger
  • Sherrif’s Office north-west of Lazy Lake
  • Retail Row in the fenced-off electricity area
  • Shanty Town at the southern dock
  • Hydro 16 at the east side
  • Catty Corner at the northern end
  • Camp Cod inside the eastern building

How to use Fortnite Upgrade Benches in Season 8

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Once you’ve found an Upgrade Bench, you need to approach it, press interact, and follow the prompt to upgrade your weapon’s rarity. But, it comes at a price.

Gold is now Fortnite’s currency, and you’ll need to spend it on upgrading your weapons in matches. Upgrade your weapon a couple of times can get pricey very quickly, so you need to decide if it’s worth all of the hard-earned cash.

Here’s how much it costs to upgrade your weapons in Fortnite:

  • Common (grey) > Uncommon (green) = 200 Gold Bars
  • Uncommon (green) > Rare (blue) = 300 Gold Bars
  • Rare (blue) > Epic (purple) = 400 Gold Bars
  • Epic (purple) > Legendary (orange) = 500 Gold Bars

Fortnite Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machine locations

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If you need a quick weapon fix, Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machines can offer you a cheap alternative – if you’re lucky enough to find one. You won’t need to fork out hundreds of Gold to upgrade, but you can only do so the right upgrade is available.

It only costs 50 Gold Bars to purchase a new weapon from a Weapon-o-Matic machine, so it will be well worth your time checking what they have in stock.

You can check out the map above for every Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machine location.

How to craft weapons in Fortnite Season 8

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Crafting has also returned in Fortnite Season 8 and can be a great way to build yourself some special weapons. All you need is a base weapon and Nuts and Bolts or Cube Monster Parts.

You can find the Nuts and Bolts all around the Fortnite island in chests and toolboxes, and the Cube Monster Parts are gained by defeating Sideways Monsters. Once you have these parts, here’s what you can craft:

  • Pump Shotgun + Nuts and Bolts: Charge Shotgun
  • Lever Action Shotgun + Nuts and Bolts: Charge Shotgun
  • Assault Rifle + Nuts and Bolts: Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle + Nuts and Bolts: Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Submachine Gun + Nuts and Bolts: Rapid Fire SMG
  • Assault Rifle + Cube Monster Parts: Sideways Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle + Cube Monster Parts: Sideways Rifle

How to upgrade Sideways Weapons in Fortnite Season 8

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The Sideways spawns in a new area every game, and it can be very lucrative if you’re looking to upgrade your weapons. By using Cube Monster Parts on Sideways Weapons, you can upgrade the weapon’s rarity.

This starts cheap but quickly gets expensive, so you’ll need to take down quite a few Cube Monsters to upgrade these weapons.

Here’s how to upgrade Sideways Weapons in Fortnite Season 8:

  1. Enter the Sideways
  2. Open Sideways chests to get a Sideways Weapon
  3. Defeat Sideways Monsters and collect Cube Monster Parts
  4. Open up the Crafting Menu
  5. Craft the upgrade like you would a normal weapon

And that’s everything you need to know about upgrading weapons in Fortnite Season 8! You can also check out how to complete the Weekly Character Punchcard Quests.

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