Fortnite, with the release of v6.10, will be introducing In-Game Tournaments that are open to everyone and will be located in a new ‘Events’ section of Fortnite Battle Royale.
Announced by the Fortnite Esports Team, these tournaments will each have scheduled dates and times during which all players will begin with a “clean slate” and the same score every time and fight for glory.
Fortnite players will compete over “several hours of intense competition to earn as many points as possible,” and will earn these points by placing high in each match and/or eliminating as many opponents as possible.
Tournaments will feature a target score that all players will strive to achieve, and reaching said score will award you with “a shiny pin” and, in the future, this pin may automatically advance you in the tournament or earn you special prizes.
Matchmaking will match you with players of a similar point standing and will scale depending on how you perform and crossplay must be enabled to participate. So, that means every Fortnite player, regardless if they are playing with mouse and keyboard, a controller, or via a touch interface, will be in the same competition.
The Fortnite team says they will continue to “assess this throughout the 2019 competitive season and are evaluating offering some tournaments restricted to specific input devices or platforms.”
The first tournament, Alpha Tournament (Solo), will begin tomorrow and will last for a few days and focus on solo matches. The rest of the current schedule is as follows;
- Alpha Tournament (Solo) – October 16 – October 21 – Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
- Beta Tournament (Duo) – October 23 – October 25 – Grab a friend and take on the world – until you are the last two left.
- Friday Night Fortnite (Squad) – October 19 – November 30 – Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
- Salty Springs Cup (Solo) – October 27 – October 31 – One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
- Tomato Temple Cup (Duo) – October 28 – November 1 – Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.
As for the future of tournaments, Epic Games will be “continuing to develop the tournaments feature to allow for events to occur across multiple rounds, requiring players to have earned a pin to qualify for each subsequent round.”
Additionaly, later this year all eligible players will be able to play for their right to qualify for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup directly through a ‘Showdown Royale’ event that will be hosted using this new in-game tournaments system.
Fortnite is currently in its sixth season and recently added a Quad Launcher, will soon be getting a Quadcrasher, and will even receive a special physical edition bundle next month called the Deep Freeze Bundle.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who will enter these tournaments and will work to be the very best, like no one ever…wait, wrong game. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.