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Fortnite removed friendly fire as an experiment in combating player toxicity

Fortnite removed friendly fire as an experiment in combating player toxicity

The official Fortnite Twitter account tweeted around 2.30pm GMT to say the new LTM for Battle Royale had gone live.

Fortnite mobile is only in beta at present, but Epic has promised its customers to deliver the full Battle Royale experience as soon as possible. As Epic Games' rolls out invites to more players, and they are eventually joined by their Android brethren, it seems likely that these incredible numbers will continue to grow.

However, the game of Epic Games can not dethrone the king of mobile games. That's almost 28 times as much as its closest competitors.

All resources harvested using your pickaxe will be doubled and the chance of a Lauchpad spawning have been "greatly increased". Likewise, the farming resources increase was reduced from 200% to 150%.

As mentioned the Android version of Fortnite mobile could still be some time.

According to a Polygon interview with Ben Lewis-Evans, a user experience lead researcher at Epic Games, Fortnite launched with friendly fire enabled, a decision which was quickly walked back after players reported they were being killed by their own teammates for the items they carried.

In recent weeks Fortnite fans have reported on social media that their accounts have been taken over. The idea is to get away from relying entirely on player reports and shying away from the term "toxicity", looking instead to more palpable solutions that players can actually see and vote on through game design decisions. The friendly fire actions of teammates were beginning to negatively affect the game, Lewis-Evans said, and so the team made a decision to experiment.

In a blog post, the Fortnite makers said: "At Epic, we've been working hard to try to hunt down password dumps in order to proactively reset passwords for player accounts when we believe they are leaked online. If you have feedback regarding this, please let us know".

"The process to enable multi-factor authentication is described in greater detail further down in this article".