If you follow Fortnite news closely you will know that recently, Epic Games posted saying that in the new Arena mode and in the Fortnite World Cup, players resolutions will be locked at the perspective of 16:9 (you can read more about it here).
This is not the first time that Epic has banned stretched resolutions, with the Summer Skirmish not featuring any resolution besides native.
Recently however, stretched resolutions had been allowed in competitions, such as the Secret Skirmish. Yet for some reason, they decided to ban stretched resolution, which people had been practicing on for over a year, just 10 days before the World Cup Qualifiers.
The main reason why many people think they did this was due to the fact that Fortnite does not look as good on stretched resolution, and most people would not want to watch professionals play on resolutions with a close to 1:1 ratio. While this makes a lot of sense due to Epic’s history of hating stretched, yet there is a much more important reason why they did this.
Stretched resolution could be considered an unfair advantage over those who do not use it. While many would argue that those who do not use it should just switch to using it, it is not that simple, as only PC players can play on stretched resolution. Xbox, PS4, Switch, and mobile players are all locked in the ratio of 16:9.
Though this does make many of the professional Fortnite players mad, as all of them play on PC, Epic wants to make sure that EVERYONE has equal chance of qualifying, as many cannot afford the expensive computers that many pros have.
While Epic Games once again makes a decision that the community hates, like the v8.20 update last week, in the end, they are just doing what they feel will be good for the most amount of people.