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How to watch $500k PGL Quake Pro League 2020-21

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:41

by Matt Porter

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PGL Esports have announced the return of the Quake Pro League for the 2020-2021 season, with over $500,000 up for grabs in prize money. 

It’s only been a few weeks since the dust settled on an incredible QuakeCon Championship, when Team Liquid’s Shane ‘rapha’ Hendrixson proved he’s one of the greatest Quake players to ever touch the game by claiming his sixth world championship, and the 2019-2020 Pro League MVP award.

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Now, after a few weeks off, Bethesda and PGL are teaming up to kick-off the new season, with action set to begin on Sunday, September 6. The best Quake Champions players from around the world will start their campaigns in earnest, as they aim to earn bragging rights, and the opportunity to battle for the prestigious championship belt at QuakeCon 2021.

With the action set to come thick and fast over the 13-week Pro League season, here’s how you can catch all the action.

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Rapha holding the Quake World Championship title belt.
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Rapha won his sixth world championship back in August, 2020.

When does the Quake Pro League start?

The Quake Pro League returns on Sunday, September 6, with broadcasts emanating from the PGL Studios in Bucharest, Romania, every week. Matches themselves will be played online, although PGL and Bethesda hope to have players in the studio for the Stage Finals in December.

Matches in both the European and Americas division will take place every week, with proceedings starting at  7:00 AM (PT) / 10:00 AM (ET) /3:00 PM (BST). Matches will take place on the official Quake Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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What is the format for Quake Pro League 2020-21?

For the 2020-21 season, players will be once again divided into two divisions: The Americas and Europe. Over the course of 13 weeks, players will take on the other competitors in their division in round-robin play, with their overall record determining their cut of the prize pool, and their seeds heading into Stage Finals.

Those players, along with the open Challengers qualifiers, will then head to the PGL Studios to compete in a 24-person double-elimination bracket based on their regular season performance, integrating both divisions to see who truly is the best in the world.

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What is Quake Challengers?

Challengers will take place over the course of nine weeks starting September 26, with players competing in a single-elimination bracket for the first eight. Two players from each week will qualify for Challengers Playoffs, with the top two players in both The Americas and Europe earning a spot against the pros at the Stage Finals.

Quake Pro League 2020-21 Schedule

Regular season matches will take place over 13 weeks, with Stage Finals set for December. You can view the full schedule below.

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  • Week 01: Sunday: 09/06 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 02: Sunday: 09/13 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 03: Sunday: 09/20 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 04: Sunday: 09/27 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 05: Sunday: 10/04 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 06: Sunday: 10/11 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 07: Sunday: 10/18 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 08: Sunday: 10/25 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 09: Sunday: 11/01 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 10: Sunday: 11/08 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 11: Sunday: 11/15 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 12: Sunday: 11/22 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 13: Sunday: 11/29 – Online PGL Studios.
  • Week 14: BREAK.
  • Week 15: Friday-Sunday: 12/11-13 Stage 1 Finals.

What is the prize pool for Quake Pro League 2020-21?

Unlike previous years, players will earn money for winning matches during the regular season, with $150 up for grabs every time they pick up a victory. There’s also $50 for the loser, which will hopefully take some of the sting out of defeat.

Over the course of the season, $500,000 will be given away across Stage 1 and 2 Finals, and then the Quake World Championship as well. You can view a full breakdown of the prize pool below.

Regular Season Matches – $150,000+

  • $150 map win.
  • $50 map loss.

Stage 1 Finals – $100,000

  • 21st – 24th – $1,000.
  • 17th – 20th – $2,000.
  • 13th – 16th – $2,750.
  • 9th – 12th – $3,750.
  • 7th – 8th – $5,000.
  • 5th – 6th – $6,000.
  • 4th – $7,000.
  • 3rd – $8,000.
  • 2nd – $10,000.
  • 1st – $15,000.

Stage 2 Finals – $100,000

  • 21st – 24th – $1,000.
  • 17th – 20th – $2,000.
  • 13th – 16th – $2,750.
  • 9th – 12th – $3,750.
  • 7th – 8th – $5,000.
  • 5th – 6th – $6,000.
  • 4th – $7,000.
  • 3rd – $8,000.
  • 2nd – $10,000.
  • 1st – $15,000.

Quake World Championship – $150,000

  • 21st – 24th – $1,500.
  • 17th – 20th – $3,000.
  • 13th – 16th – $4,000.
  • 9th – 12th – $5,500.
  • 7th – 8th – $7,250.
  • 5th – 6th – $8,500.
  • 4th – $10,000.
  • 3rd – $12,500.
  • 2nd – $15,000.
  • 1st – $25,000.
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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson