If Fortnite's most recent matchmaking changes have gotten you as confused as we were at first, don't panic, here is how pairing now works following the v8.10 patch.
While Fortnite has revolutionized the gaming world in a number of ways, one of the biggest things it has accomplished to date is breaking down the wall between Sony and Microsoft. Players have been clamoring for cross-platform play between PlayStation and Xbox and thanks to Fortnite, we now have that.
Following Fortnite's release on Android last summer, you can now play the game on pretty much any device. Since cross-platform play is available, a lot of cons have become apparent to go along with those pros. How you play the game on a mobile is very different from how you might play it on a PC, for example. That has led to some claiming it's unfair for them to be paired with someone on a different platform on which the game is "easier" to play.
Those complaints warranted Epic Games to make some changes as part of Fortnite's recent patch. How you get paired with other players has now changed drastically and honestly, it has all become a little confusing. Thankfully, we are here to help explain how matchmaking now works on Fortnite, courtesy of a handy flowchart posted on Reddit.
The biggest news was that Nintendo Switch players will now exclusively be paired with those playing Fortnite on mobile, as well as other Switch players, of course. That is providing the mobile players are not using a controller. If they are, they will then be pooled with PS4 and Xbox One players using controllers. The last section of the flowchart includes anyone using a keyboard and mouse, and also PC players using controllers.
While that all now makes a lot more sense, what still seems strange is why Switch players have been pooled with mobile players using their touch screens. As Fortnite players ourselves, we find the game far easier to play with a Switch controller than we do with our phone's touchscreens. Epic obviously has its reasons, and hopefully, who exactly you are battling down on Fortnite Island is now a lot clearer.