Why a permanent “No-Building” mode could save Fortnite esports

We could be at a turning point in Fortnite’s trajectory. One that ensures its dominance for many years to come.

The long-awaited second season of Fortnite Chapter 3 launched last weekend, with the developers shocking everyone by completely disabling building in public matches. With all the attention on social media and the crazy viewership of Twitch, it really does feel like we’re back in 2018!

Although the “No-Building” mode was originally only supposed to last nine days, leaks suggest that following this unprecedented success, Epic Games is already looking to make something more permanent.

This has led to questions both inside and outside the competitive community, as to the future of Fortnite esports. We’ve already seen a Cup without construction, should there be more? Could this become the main tournament mode?

In my eyes, the highest level of competitive Fortnite will always include building. Epic accidentally created one of the most complex and mechanically complex games out there, and new features like Sliding and Mantling keep pushing that ceiling further, it would be a tragedy to throw that away.

However, this high skill cap is a double-edged sword, and with it comes a mountainous barrier to entry. No-Building Mode can solve this problem and, in fact, help elevate the competitive scene simultaneously.

For a number of reasons, we never saw the Fortnite comp reach its full potential. Not having a properly categorized playlist is a big part of that, as is the lack of local networks due to Covid and lack of organizational support, among other things.

One of the biggest issues has always been the meta controversy. Whether it’s a super-powered new weapon or gadgets like Taco Time in Chapter 1, many of the unique items and gameplay elements that keep Fortnite fresh and fun for casual players become a nightmare in a competitive setting.

In the past, Epic has been hesitant to remove certain competitive elements or features, or make them work differently from standard playlists, fearing it would be too confusing for casual viewers.

If “No-Building” became the flagship mode of public matches, this could be the opportunity to finally unravel these two sides of the game and make it easier for everyone to understand:

You can play normal mode, no builds, all the wacky updates, and a more relaxed OG Fortnite vibe. Or you can jump into the leaderboard, where building and siphoning are enabled, the loot pool is much more streamlined, and every placement counts.

As for “no construction” tournaments, they could also be a massive win for the competitive ecosystem. They don’t need to replace the events we are used to, they can go hand in hand.

Imagine ahead of the next Fortnite World Cup, a no-build Pro-AM with top streamers like Ninja and Nickmercs paired with celebrities. There would be a lot of eyeballs on that right?

Well throughout the stream they might have little packages discussing ranked mode… interviews with the pros, will have you wanting to tune in to the main event and ready to try it out for yourself!

And with a good ranked mode, you won’t go and instantly get sick of sweaty builders. You would be placed against people of a similar skill level and could progress, or even enjoy relaxing at the lowest rank, as the lobbies would still feel fair.

Why would Epic bother using “occasional” tournaments to promote ranked mode? While it’s easy to be blinded by the hype right now, time and time again we’ve seen hugely popular games run out and suddenly disappear. A well-refined competitive system with a dedicated community will keep them around for decades, just look at Counter Strike.

Over the past two years, there has been a constant battle between casual and competitive fans, a battle with no winner. This could finally be a chance to make everyone happy and cement Fortnite’s future as one of the leading titles in both games. and sports.

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