Epic Games has just announced that Fortnite will be having weekly in-game tournaments which will be open to every single Fortnite player, regardless of any platform. The news came after the release of v6.10, and will begin with the Alpha Tournament on October 16.
In the announcement by Fortnite Esports Team, they added about the in-game tournaments, “Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times during which the competition will be run. Each of these scheduled sessions is a completely clean slate – all players will begin with the same score and compete over several hours of intense competition to earn as many points as possible. Players can earn points by either achieving high placements or eliminating multiple opponents.”
Matchmaking during a tournament session will pair players with similar point standings, so if you’re playing well within the session you’ll find yourself matched with stronger opponents. If you’re struggling then you should find an easier time the longer the session goes on.
Tournaments will feature a target score to strive towards – reaching this score will award you with a shiny pin celebrating your accomplishment. In the future, earning a pin may advance you to the next round of a tournament or qualify you to win prizes.
Epic also added that players across all platforms will compete against one another as equals, regardless of it they are on a mouse, controller, or touch input device. Every player will participate in the same competitions from start to finish, with equal opportunity to rise above the competition.
The initial schedule for the tournament was also released with the Alpha Tournament starting first on October 16 to 21. Here is the full schedule:
On release, the following tournaments will be scheduled in NA*, EU, BR, ASIA, and OCE regions. Scheduled times will vary by region – check the tournament inside the client for details.
Alpha Tournament (Solo)
Dates: October 16 – October 21
Description: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
Beta Tournament (Duo)
Dates: October 23 – October 25
Description: Grab a friend and take on the world – until you are the last two left.
Friday Night Fortnite (Squad)
Dates: October 19 – November 30
Description: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
Salty Springs Cup (Solo)
Dates: October 27 – October 31
Description: One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
Tomato Temple Cup (Duo)
Dates: October 28 – November 1
Description: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.
Finally, Epic Games added that in the next few months, they will continue developing the tournaments feature to allow for events to occur across multiple platforms, requiring players to have earned a pin to qualify for each subsequent round.
We’re working toward establishing an exciting and varied schedule of tournaments for players of all talent levels, featuring new scoring formats and support for additional modes.
Beginning later this year, all eligible players will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup directly through a ‘Showdown Royale’ event hosted using the in-game tournament system.
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