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Earn Double XP and Get a Free Battle Pass in Fortnite

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Perhaps due to Apex Legends’ huge popularity, genre juggernaut Fortnite is hosting back-to-back double XP weekends, and the chance to earn a free battle pass for season eight. The Valenine’s Surprise event closes out the Share the Love event of February, and season seven overall, which ends Feb. 28

The big surprise is that anyone who completes 13 overtime challenges by Feb. 27 will receive season eight’s battle pass for free. The seasonal battle passes normally cost about $10 in V-Bucks.

You can earn season seven skins by completing five, 10, and 15 challenges. Unlocking five challenges will also reward the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail rewards. The first three overtime challenges are:

  • Collection 15 Coins in Featured Creative Islands
  • Search loot boxes at a motel or RV park (7 times)
  • Place Top 15 in Duos with a friend (3 times)

More overtime challenges will become available on Saturday, Tuesday, and next Friday. As further incentive, Epic Games is hosting two double XP weekends. Earn twice the XP when playing between Feb. 15-17 and again during the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

Fortnite is in the midst of the Share the Love event for February. Players can still earn a Culled Hearts Wrap skin by supporting a creator through the Support-A-Creator program, until Feb 22. It’s essentially an affiliate program. When earning or purchasing V-Bucks, your chosen creator will receive a share. To support a creator, enter their Epic game tag in the creator section of the item shop.

Fortnite is available for free on PC (Epic Games store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. It’s rated T for Teen.

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Gamevice Smartphone Controller Now Supports Fortnite

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Gamevice announced that its series of mobile controllers now officially support Fortnite, thanks to the latest 7.3 update.

“Fortnite’s initial release on iOS was a watershed moment in the history of mobile gaming. It doesn’t get any bigger than this, for mobile gaming, and for the world of mobile gaming controllers,” states the official blog post.

As Gamevice mentions in their blog post, the mobile version of Fortnite is the exact same version as PC and console. The only difference – mobile gamers had to use the touchscreen, putting them at a distinct disadvantage.

For Android users the Gamevice controller, which physically attaches to your phone or tablet, functions the exact same as a console controller, with the same key bindings.

For iOS controls, however, Apple lacks support for the L3 and R3 functions – pressing in the analog sticks. Gamevice got around this with two methods. For Fortnite, L3 is how you sprint. But Fortnite defaults to automatically sprint whenever it detects a controller. R3 lets you crouch and repair structures, which has been moved to one of the d-pad buttons. The Gamevice controller also lets you remap the buttons however you want.

Epic Games worked directly with Gamevice to improve matchmaking. Fortnite players using a controller on mobile have a big advantage versus those still on a touchscreen. Thus the game will try and matchmaker controller users together when auto-matchmaking.

Gamevice controllers support over 1,000 different mobile games, and Fortnite is a critical grab. These specialized controllers don’t come cheap however, ranging from $79-99 for smartphones and tablet-size.

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Monsters Invade Fortnite Battle Royale in Fortnitemares 2018

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The seasonal Halloween event Fortnitemares returns again this year to mega-popular online shooter Fortnite. The event adds new Cube Monsters, outfits, and weapons as well as its own set of challenges. Fortnitemares 2018 will last for about a month.

Fortnitemares 2018 actually borrows from the game’s less popular co-op Save the World mode. AI monsters are now invading the PVP world of Fortnite Battle Royale, spawning from a mysterious cube in the world. The enemies will drop some nice loot if you can brave the distraction.

The new purchasable Deadfire skin is also more than just a cosmetic outfit. It features its own progression system. That means it will actually update and change styles based on how much damage players deal as well as how long they can stay alive. The Deadfire outfit includes the Shackled Stone Back Bling. The matching Dark Shard pickaxe is sold separately.

New weapons include the Six Shooter and Fiend Hunter Crossbow.

The event will also add new challenges that will unlock their own cosmetic items. But this time the challenges will change every few days. The first set of challenges are as follows:

  • Destroy Cube Monsters
  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles or Pistols to Cube Monsters
  • Visit a Corrupted Area in different matches
  • Dance at different Gargoyles

Completing the final set of challenges earns you the spiffy Dark Engine glider.

Fortnite Save the World also benefits from the Fortnitemares Update with multiple story quests and rewards.

Fortnite is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, and Android. It’s rated T for Teen.