Ever since the start of the year, Epic has been radio silent when it comes to the competitive scene. The Winter Royale was a great way to wrap up 2019 with a $20+ million prize pool that saw players on PC, console and mobile platforms all have a shot at winning some holiday cash.
After the shock announcement of Activision’s, new free to play battle royale, Call Of Duty Warzone, it seemed that Epic saw it as the perfect time to remind pros why they should be sticking with Fortnite and announced the new season of the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).
The Future of Competitive Fortnite
Starting on March 20th and running through to April 19th, the Chapter 2 Season 2 FNCS tournament will be a duo tournament. Each week of the qualifiers, the top-performing duos will advance to the final week where the best players in the game will fight to be crowned champion. It also seems that Epic has taken inspiration from the recent Winter Royale and split the player base. PC players will only face off against PC players and all console and mobile players will face off. This will crown 2 champions along with 2 prize pools. The prize pool for this FNCS tournament is approximately $4.6 million, spread equally between the 2 player bases. This is drastically lower than previous FNCS tournaments, this could mean they’re saving for future bigger tournaments such as the World Cup, or that Fortnite isn’t making the money it was back in 2018 and 2019 and Epic can’t afford to give away the same level of money. But the overall champions will walk away with $70,000 split between each duo, so it’s still a decent chunk of change.
Speaking of the Fortnite World Cup, many fans have been speculating whether a World Cup tournament will be held this year. Right now it seems very unlikely, the tournament was already announced last year with qualifiers starting in April 2019. Unless Epic starts qualifiers right after FNCS it seems unlikely. Perhaps Epic are holding off due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and have decided to stick to online tournaments this year, this could also explain the lower prize pool. Epic may decide to spend 2020 doing more frequent online tournaments for smaller prize pools.
In a recent blog post, Epic did say “In addition to the new season, expect to hear more from us soon on our evolving 2020 competitive roadmap.”. This indicates that Epic does have the 2020 competitive side mapped out already so all we can do is wait and see what is announced next.