Hogman Announces He Will Step Away From Competitive Fortnite

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Hogman Announces He Will Step Away From Competitive Fortnite

One of Fortnite's original players, Michael “Hogman” Hogman, has announced he'll be stepping away from competitive Fortnite.

Competitive Fortnite pioneer Michael “Hogman” Hogman is stepping away from the scene effective immediately. The former Complexity turned Luminosity Gaming member revealed the news yesterday in the middle of this season’s first Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Qualifier. He had been playing trios briefly with NA East competitors Lanjok and The Uzi. But Hogman decided to bow out in favor of creating enjoyable content for his fan base.

Hogman’s Twitter Announcement

Hogman made the announcement both on his stream and on Twitter.

“I just wanted to formally announce that I’m going to be stepping away from Fortnite competitive and focusing solely on content and entertainment from now on,” spoke the 25-year-old Fortnite veteran. “I really haven’t put a lot of time into it lately, and I’ve just been pretty much turning on the stream and doing whatever it is that I’m doing in competitive. But now I’m really going to be focusing on cultivating and creating a really positive community…”

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This news comes as somewhat of a surprise. Despite his lack of results recently, Hogman is one of the original Fortnite players from back in the Summer Skirmish days who stuck around. He recently reached the FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 2 Grand Finals with duo partner npen; the two finished in 39th place. It seems Hogman may have just lost the spark he once had two years ago when he won the Scallywag Cup and nearly qualified for the Fortnite World Cup.

Content Creator Over Pro Player

There’s no reason to debate whether Hogman is making the right decision or not. Fortnite lacks longevity from a competitive standpoint. Several players who were once the best eventually either grow tired of the game or lose sight of its value. Turner “Tfue” Tenney is a prime example. He won multiple tournaments in the early days of competitive Fortnite.

Tfue no longer plays Fortnite and decided to shift his focus elsewhere. Like Tfue, Hogman performed well up to the very end. He outlasted 1600 other opponents at DreamHack Anaheim and reached the Grand Finals. However, building a brand and community are much more sustainable than competing for top-heavy prize pools. Hogman could return one day, but Fortnite evolves so quickly that it will be tough to reach the upper-echelon. For now you can find Hogman on Twitch, and maybe on the FNTASIA podcast in the future.

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Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.