Aim assist rears its head yet again in competitive Fortnite.
Week two of FNCS Invitational just completed, and professional players are angrier than ever. All seven regions participated in the $2 million competition with varying results. Some notable players like NRG benjyfishy and Liquid Stretch topped the leaderboards in their respective regions. However, the amount of controller players in each sector is a significant cause for concern to many. Although it never went away, the aim assist topic swept across Fortnite social media.
Clips of controller players w-keying with reckless intent came out in full force. Most feature controller players utilizing spray weapons like the SMG or Drum Gun. This controversy prompted multiple professional players and personalities to respond. Two of which include rivals Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.
Tfue’s struggles and subsequent response
In the past, each has spoken out against aim assist. Tfue, in particular, believes that is legal cheating. He streams nearly every day and consistently dies to controller players and stream snipers. After qualifying for week two of the FNCS Invitational, he seemingly did not have a chance in week two. With benjyfishy in his corner, Tfue struggled mightily in week two. He managed only 76 points over two days and ultimately finished in 261st place.
Aim assist ruined Fortnite for M&K players looks like we need to find a new game unlucky
— Tfue (@TTfue) May 17, 2020
Shortly after the tournament, Tfue took to Twitter to voice his opinion on aim assist. “Aim assist ruined Fortnite for M&K players looks like we need to find a new game unlucky.” We’ve seen Tfue toy with the idea of quitting Fortnite in the past. However, he’s one of the original Fortnite streamers and continues to compete in tournaments to this day.
After tweeting his thoughts, Tfue went on to retweet similar takes from fellow professional Fortnite players. Most of which consisted of sarcastic controller tweets and brutally honest options. We know where Tfue stands on the aim assist argument.
Ninja’s take on aim assist
Mixer superstar Ninja has notably not played Fortnite as much over the past few months. He split from former duo partner Malachi “Reverse2k” Greiner and began playing other games. Most of Ninja’s gripes about the current state of Fortnite involve skill-based matchmaking, mythic weapons, overpowered henchmen and aim assist. He responded to a tweet from former Ghost Gaming player Aydan in regards to aim assist.
What is your HONEST no sarcasm opinion? You are an absolute beast on the sticks and I know you would still be a top player even if they nerf aim assist (on pc)
— Ninja (@Ninja) May 17, 2020
Ninja broached the discussion and wanted to remain level-headed about it. He soon received a response from Aydan and proceeded to record a video of himself discussing aim assist.
Bunch of Fortnite gamers talking about controller aim assist (on pc not console), wanted to leave my 2 cents. Please watch the whole video before commenting or leaving hate. pic.twitter.com/MnuCAF4Ju9
— Ninja (@Ninja) May 18, 2020
“It’s going to be up to you guys. I can’t do anything,” said Ninja while discussing the aim assist controversy during the FNCS Invitational.
“I don’t use it. It’s going to be up to credible, top, competitive controller players who have a huge influence to reach out to Epic and be vocal about it if we want it to be more balanced.”
What was once a joke has now developed into full-fledged fear. Viewers and professional players genuinely feel that Fortnite is both unwatchable and unplayable in its current state. It’s tough to disagree considering some of the outrageous clips that came out of week two of the FNCS Invitational.
The world champ chimes in
Fortnite World Cup Champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf is another anti-controller crusader who feels strongly that aim assist has no place in a competitive game. He took to Twitter with a clip, which correctly displays how the power of aim assist.
— Bugha (@bugha) May 18, 2020
*Video Features NSFW Language*
The clip features FNCS Finalists Furious and eventual week two winner sF Roller. Furious and Roller battled for position as the last two players in their match. Roller eventually lands a devastating shot with the Legendary Burst Assault Rifle. This victory took place in Roller’s third match. He would go on to win the tournament and $25K USD.
Will aim assist receive a nerf?
We’ve seen Epic respond to controversy in the past, whether the masses accepted their answers or not. The social media uproar could ignite a response from the Fortnite developers. However, they also might continue ignoring it altogether. Fortnite’s official FNCS Invitational broadcast featured caster Shyowager poking fun at the controller dominance on day two. The massive movement against aim assist mirrors that of the Mech suits back in Season X. If history is our best indicator, Epic may have its hands full yet again.
— Ballatw (@Ballatw) May 17, 2020
Stay tuned for continued FNCS Invitational coverage and more Fortnite news.