Much like Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish finale at PAX West, all participants at TwitchCon's Fall Skirmish event have to play on the max graphics settings and with a specific set of peripherals.
Pro players weren’t happy about the rule for PAX West and things aren’t any different this time around for TwitchCon.
The conversation got started when esports consultant Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau tweeted a picture of the rules, stating “This is not competitive. It’s amateur dressed up as esports.”
Epic Games is hosting a close to $2 Million Fortnite esports tournament at TwitchCon and is forcing all players on both PC and console to use on-site peripherals (mice/keyboard/controllers) AND max video settings.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 11, 2018
This is not competitive. It's amateur dressed up as esports. pic.twitter.com/gat5kWNowV
Since then, the outrage hasn’t stopped with players at all levels speaking out against the decision.
Team Liquid’s Jake ‘POACH’ Brumleve expressed his worry about even being able to stream with the high settings, saying that he could start using the specific keyboard and mouse that’s allowed but would be “torturing [himself] with shadows yet.”
POACH’s statement was one of the most enlightening as it demonstrated that many players like himself might not even be able to practice on the higher settings due to limitations of their home setups.
Tomorrows stream will entail me using 1920x1080, a wired G-Pro mouse and keyboard and possibly some high settings, no way I'm torturing myself with shadows yet. Don't even know if I can manage streaming on these settings. I'M GOING TO HAVE A BLAST DON'T MIND THE RAGING.— POACH (@LiquidPoach) October 20, 2018