Epic Games has now removed the Riot Control Baton from the shop, and disabled the item, as a bug has caused it to become a pay-to-win issue.
Fortnite Riot Control Baton
Due to a bug which has not yet been fixed, the Riot Control Baton, when equipped, caused players' footstep sounds to disappear, giving them a distinct advantage over their opponents.
The Riot Control Baton was used extensively in a Solos Cash Cup, and spotted by Fortnite player SlowEU, as the player followed Team Liquid’s Dmitri "Mitr0" Van de Vrie.
Mitr0 himself acknowledged the Riot Control Baton was pay-to-win.
However, it remains unclear if he used it due to the bug, or if he just got a bit lucky using the pay-to-win pickaxe in a Solos Cash Cup.
imagine not buying a pay to win pickaxe🤣— Liquid mitr0 (@mitr0) May 11, 2020
Developer Epic Games has now stepped in, disabling the Fortnite Riot Control Baton.
While we work on resolving an issue, the Riot Control Baton will appear as a default Pickaxe in all playlists. We'll update you here when the issue is resolved!— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) May 12, 2020
At the time of writing, it remains unclear what Epic Games will do to rectify the issue. They could offer players refunds, which they have done in the past.
However, one has to wonder if the results of the Solos Cash Cup will stand as it is clear players did use the Riot Control Baton during the tournament.
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