You know what Fortnite needed to do to revitalize its players base? Remove the core mechanic that separated it from all other third-person shooters.
It's time to come to terms with reality, Fortnite builders: Zero Build is more fun on every level.
I get it; you spent the better part of your teenage years grinding. All of these casual, dogwater-ass shitters left because they couldn't hang with you. You even placed in the top 2,000 in a Cash Cup one time! You're just better. Everyone knows it.
But nobody cares. Zero Build is more fun. Pretty soon, you'll be playing the dying half of a thriving game.
If Fortnite’s next FNCS tournament is No Builds, we’re making a super team & winning everything.— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) April 4, 2022
A Zero Build FNCS
Of course, that's all bit hyperbolic.
Building will always have a place in Fortnite. It's what makes Fortnite one of the most mechanically demanding video games of all time.
A lot of pro players, who strive to be the best, will want to showcase their building skills at the highest level.
On the other hand, highly skilled content creators who were able to go pro in other games have been pushed out of Fortnite.
NickMercs, Tfue, 72hrs, Cloakzy - all of the OGs of competitive Fortnite would come back if Epic hosted a Zero Build FNCS, and that would drive viewership through the roof.
Even more important than older pros coming back is the general viewability of each mode.
Professional Fortnite is some of the most confusing content on the internet, unless you're a high-level player and the spectators luck out by following a fragger.
Other than that, you're watching a bunch of names lag around a small circle, eventually dying until there are only a few left.
The mid-game couldn't be more confusing as a viewer, and the experience does nothing to draw new players to the game.
It's only a matter of time.
Zero Build seems like a logical step for this season's FNCS, followed by another season that brings building back to pro Fortnite.
After that, I see Epic splitting competition between two weekends - one with building and one without.
From there, the Zero Build competitive community will only grow larger.