Ninja unexpectedly came to the defense of Epic Games following the complaints about Fortnite's v8.20 changes, however, normal service has now been resumed.
Epic has made some pretty wholesale changes to Fortnite via its latest update. Most of those changes revolve around season seven adaptations being rolled back rather than new ones being added. For example, the feature that awarded players extra health or shield upon getting an elimination is now gone unless you're in Arena Mode.
Professional players who rack up eliminations are naturally not happy about the changes. However, in an out of character move, streamer Ninja actually defended the changes made by Epic. He pointed out the fact mentioned above and others, including the loss of 40% extra materials when harvesting, was done for the many, not for the few. Epic is looking to please its millions of casual players, not just the handful of pros.
As soon as we were enjoying Ninja's breath of fresh air, we noticed that he had taken to Twitter. It turns out that he isn't as enamored with the latest update as he first thought. He explains how much he misses the shield and health boosts already, and now thinks everyone wants them back, pros and casuals alike. He also points out that even though the feature is still live in Arena Mode, he fears that once you rise through the ranks, players will have to wait 20-30 minutes for a game.
My thoughts on the most recent Fortnite update. I could have rambled on for 10 minutes but this is the simple vid. pic.twitter.com/QjCwwUkQyd— Ninja (@Ninja) March 27, 2019
A lot of the complaints about the latest Fortnite update come across as whiny, although to give Ninja credit, even though he is no longer playing devil's advocate, the above post doesn't come across like that at all. In a later post, he points out that Epic simply wanted to slow the game down and points out other ways in which they could have done that. Perhaps this could have been done by lowering the shield/health boost feature from 50 to 25 or by finally launching the long-talked-about respawn system.
Speaking of being whiny when it comes to Fortnite complaints, Ninja was accused of exactly that following his latest posts by fellow pro Dr. Disrespect. Ninja's response is possibly one of our favorite videos on Twitter right now. The streamer dug up a clip of Dr. Disrespect ranting about how Fortnite is "for little phony kids" before uninstalling it. Ouch.