Upon the conclusion of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup, the buzz surrounding Fortnite was at an all-time high since its initial boom during 2018.
The recent surge in interest came off the back of a spectacular event that saw 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf winning $3 million, with over two million viewers worldwide tuning in.
Now, with the competitive community hungry for more competitions as we saw many notable names have a fire lit underneath them after seeing the success of many in New York City, Epic Games has announced their newest competitive series.
Titled “The Fortnite Champion Series”, it was initially announced during the solo finals of the Fortnite World Cup with little to no information supporting it.
With Epic Games posting a full competitive blog post about all the upcoming tournaments, game modes and more we have all the details you could need about the FCS!
What is the FCS?
Since Epic Games originally committed over $100 million towards competitive Fortnite in 2018, we have seen the majority of that money go towards the Fortnite World Cup, but now with former Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzar at the helm, the FCS could be the start of something big for competitive Fortnite.
The FCS is described as an in-game weekly tournament that will run over the course of Season X with a persisting leaderboard that will track the progress of players throughout the season. This looks to be a solely online tournament and a chance to become the best in your respective server region.
When is the FCS?
The FCS will kick off on August 17th and will run its course over five weeks. Each weekend teams will duke it out on Saturday to qualify for Sunday’s Finals. Players will then rank on a leaderboard over the five weeks to further qualify for the Fortnite Champion Season X Finals.
The Finals of the first FCS season will feature the best teams in each region battle it out to be crowned their region champ.
The first session of the FCS will focus on Trios, which was recently swapped in competitive for duos which have taken some criticism, as they have opted to leave solos in for future competitive events.
With this looming competitive series, professional players are back at the grind practicing every night and with the ample amount of roster moves we have seen since the Fortnite World Cup the first week of the FCS will be very interesting.
What else is coming to competitive?
Epic Games also detailed some weekly cups coming to Fortnite in the coming weeks to give players some added incentive to compete professionally.
They announced that starting on August 21st they will be hosting single day solo cash cups on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
With Wednesdays being open to any player above the Contender division in Arena mode which was recently changed to 2000 hype point, and the Thursday cash cup only being open to players who have reached the Champion threshold which is now 6500 hype point.
Epic Games also announced the addition of weekly Trio Cash Cups on Fridays before the start of the weekly FCS matches. In the past, we have seen these cash cups have a $1 million prize pool spread out over the multiple regions, so we can assume this will remain unchanged in the future!
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Written byNick Farrell@NickFarrell91