In the update, Epic Games introduced a new item called the Boom Box, which delivers powerful blasts of music that deal structure damage in a large area. As first highlighted by esports consultant and industry leader Rod Breslau, the abrupt changes not only potentially alter player strategy but could have had a significant impact on server lag.
As it turns out, Epic Games has been tracking its criticism and on Thursday, the company published a brief note indicating that it will no longer push updates within days of major competitive events.
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“We value the ability of players to adapt to the game-changing over time. We also believe these changes keep Fortnite fresh for everyone including players, competitors and spectators,” Epic Games said. “However, we want to provide reasonable time for you to adjust strategies following large gameplay impacting changes, for example prior to official Fortnite competitions. This time window could range from a few days to a week of a release.”
Epic Games notes that this policy will begin with the upcoming Fortnite Summer Smash, which will run during the 2019 Australian Open and is set to be the largest event in Australian competitive gaming with $500,000 in total prizes.