Fortnite aim assist is in the news, yet again, following the results of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational Week 2. Some of the high-profile Fortnite pros noticed how many controller players qualified for Grand Finals, while several other noteworthy keyboard and mouse (KBM) players were left off of the list.
This was the case in most regions of the FNCS. Controller players are performing better and better in these tournaments, especially with the new format. This FNCS format gives players 4 points per elimination. The new format inherently incentivizes engagement, which is favorable to controller players – especially with no traps to counter them.
The result of this combination of factors led to controller players finishing in each of the top-13 NA-East placements after Day 1. The final scoreboard didn’t look the same way after two days, but it was enough to spark outrage on Twitter.
We had regular aim assist critics like Stretched and Zayt; the latter of which threatened to ban controller players from scrim Discords. They were far from the only ones speaking out, however. Even EmadGG, who is one of the most positive people in the community, tweet the hashtag #NerfAimAssist.
Other notable complaints came from RBK Arab, Liquid Stretch, Tfue, and even Rod Breslau – esports journalist. He went so far as to say, “Aim assist does not belong in esports.”
One of the most stunning admissions came in a Twitter conversation between Aydan and Ninja. Aydan tweeted that aim assist is broken. Ninja replied, asking for the former’s honest opinion. Aydan – one of the biggest aim assist supporters – delivered the opinion that contradicted what many expected.
Ninja addressed the situation with a Twitter video, calling for more controller players to speak out against aim assist – or to give their honest opinions on the matter.
Other controller pros, like Av and Scoped, have already stated that they think aim assist is too powerful. Scoped – along with other controller pros – even changed his in-game name to Cheater Scoped, which echoes the thoughts of many KBM players.
With so much outcry from the professional community, it seems like Epic have to do something with aim assist. The only fear is that they take things too far, making it nearly impossible for controller players to compete with KBM players.
The bulk of the Fortnite player base is likely still on console. Console players have numerous disadvantages when going up against PC players – regardless of the input that they’re using. We are forced to play cross-platform matches in Fortnite, and a substantial nerf to aim assist could negatively affect console players.
We could see Epic adjust aim assist on PC or in competitive Formats, as they’ve tried to do in the past. This topic is far more nuanced than a lot of pros express it to be.
Linear and Exponential aim assist are too strong in a lot of cases, but an overwhelming nerf could hurt casual players who don’t perform at a high level. We’ll have to see how Epic react to this blowback.