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EA Says Fortnite Battle Royale is Good for the Video Game Industry and Isn’t Impacting Their Revenues

Published: 9/May/2018 19:55 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Calum Patterson

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One of the biggest games publishers in the world Electronic Arts (EA) have discussed the impact of popular Battle Royale game Fortnite on the video game industry, and claim it is not hurting them.

EA of course publish some of the best known game franchises in the world, such as FIFA and Battlefield, but, like their rivals Activision, some have suggested that Fortnite is stealing away their customers.

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However EA say that the opposite is in fact true, and that Fortnite’s immense popularity has if anything benefited the games industry as a whole by pushing it further into the mainstream.

In their quarterly earnings report, EA showed off an increase in share value of more than 3%, and CFO Blake Jorgensen explains that Fortnite is likely expanding the market and therefore benefiting everyone.

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Of course the biggest benefactors are Epic Games themselves, the developers of Fortnite, who raked in $223 million from the game in March alone, according to SuperData.

But EA, in a similar vein to Activision in their earnings call last week, have dismissed that it is taking customers away from their blockbuster titles.

“We do think in the case of Fortnite, it’s helped grow the whole marketplace. 

It’s bringing younger people into the marketplace and younger people into first-person shooters. And I think that’s good for the long-run health of that category for all of us in the industry, not just one player.”

And EA reckons the summer will be good for them, despite Fortnite having a firm grip on lots of console and PC players at the moment, because the World Cup is coming up.

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With their World Cup expansion for FIFA 18 on the way, ahead of the expected FIFA 19 release there will be increased interest there.

Some analysts also suggest that similar to the rumors of the next Call of Duty featuring a battle royale mode, the next Battlefield game will too, although of course nothing is official on that front.

According to Business Insider analysts, they predict “the newest Battlefield game will follow in the footsteps of Fortnite and release a kind of “battle royale” mode.”

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Source: Business Insider

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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