Stretched screen resolution has been banned from Fortnite's competitive scene, following an official update from Epic Games. As the biggest game in the world, there were always going to be a lot of issues when forming a professional circuit for the title, and it appears the new ban is the latest in a series of decisions that have been heavily criticized by the game's pro players.
As popular as Fortnite is, it's still so new that putting together a team to spearhead its adoption as a viable esport was going to be a major task. That's tough, but juggling that with new game updates that retain the attention of players in the wake of Apex Legends' immense success is another beast entirely. It's true that Fortnite's profits have been falling following a record year for Epic Games, as it recorded $3 billion in revenue in 2018 alone. Pro players, in general, have been unhappy with recent developments for the title, with a group of pros opting to play UNO instead of Fortnite following its latest update.
Epic Games posted on its official website to lay out some of the ground rules for its competitive approach to Fortnite. While there are a number of rules that have been set within the quasi-guide, the one thing that's earned the ire of professional players is the ban placed on stretched screen resolution. As the section reads:
"In the near future, we will be updating how we handle custom resolutions on PC. When using a custom resolution, vertical FOV will be locked. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked in all modes, but in competitive playlists (e.g. Arena and in-game tournaments) we will be locking the aspect ratio to 16:9."
This issue with this is that pro players have begun changing the screen ratios in order to increase their competitive edge. These rules enforce a 16:9 (1920 x 1080) screen size, but professional players find that their game is enhanced through altering the screen in Fortnite to wider ratios like 4:3 (1440 x 1080) and 5:3 (1600 x 1080). Why would they do this? Well, doing so increases the hitbox for enemy players, which makes pulling off headshots and the like a much easier task.
Truthfully, altering the screen this way walks a very fine line – and generally makes streaming a lot less enjoyable as a result of the wonky dimensions of the gameplay. The counterpoint to this by competitive players is that these rules have been implemented far too close to the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers, which means all of the hours logged into the game thus far for those practising with a stretched screen resolution have equated to wasted preparation time. Given the intense amount of backlash, we'll see if Epic Games doubles down on its decision or revises it in the near future.
Source: Epic Games
- Fortnite (Video Game) release date: Jul 21, 2017