Fortnite competitive change punishes in-game communication between opponents
Epic Games has updated its competitive rules for 2020 with a change to the Collusion Rule that prevents opponents from communicating with one another.
“For 2020 and beyond, our team will continue to monitor competitive play in all regions and will take action against unfair play if necessary,” the developer wrote. “With this new year of Fortnite competition, we wanted to highlight a specific rule and provide clarification on what we will be actioning on moving forward.”
From now on, Epic will take action against players who send verbal or non-verbal signals to opponents. According to the developer, these signals include pickaxe swinging, emoting, toy tossing, and jumping.
“Any cases of signaling like those listed above will now result in a teaming/collusion penalty,” the developer added. “We want to be explicitly clear that pacifism-style gameplay is still allowed, but if signaling is involved, we will review and take appropriate action for the teaming/collusion penalty. Repeat offenders may be subject to increased penalties.”
Fortnite is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.