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Epic announces #FreeFortnite cup as final iOS event amid Apple lawsuit

Published: 21/Aug/2020 3:21

by Brad Norton

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Fortnite will soon be left behind on iOS devices due to the ongoing Apple lawsuit but Epic Games has revealed one last competition as the #FreeFortnite Cup kicks off ahead of Season 4.

The internet was set ablaze on August 13 as the Fortnite developers filed lawsuits against both Apple and Google. The mobile version was pulled from both app stores that day as Epic introduced a direct payment method for V-Bucks. Going against the policies of both corporate giants.

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Apple soon followed up, revealing that all developer access would be restricted by August 28. Meaning that Epic will no longer be able to update the game moving forward. This will come into effect right as Season 4 is set to launch. If you’re looking to get in on the new content drop, you’ll have to find a new platform to play on.

However, before we cross that bridge, Epic has lifted the lid on one final tournament for iOS users. The not so subtly titled #FreeFortnite Cup kicks off before the app gets left behind for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the final Apple crossplay event.

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When is the #FreeFortnite Cup?

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This will be the last time iOS players will compete alongside PC and console gamers.

The upcoming tournament will mark the final competitive event in which players from all platforms can compete. “Players on iOS devices will be left behind on Chapter 2 – Season 3 while everyone else jumps into the Chapter 2 – Season 4,” Epic explained on August 20.

Before we reach that point, one final event will be coming your way to close things out with a bang. The #FreeFortnite Cup will be taking place on Sunday, August 23. For the final time, all platforms will be eligible to compete. From console gamers to PC players and mobile users alike, everyone can take part.

How to compete in the #FreeFortnite Cup

In order to access the last tournament, all you’ll need to do is find the ‘Compete’ tab in the main menu. This will appear once the event is live in your region August 23. The event follows a familiar structure as you’ll be rewarded for the basics in Fortnite.

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Across the span of four hours, you’ll be able to play a maximum of 12 matches in the event. Each round will tally up your overall points simply by staying alive. One point is secured for every three minutes you spend on the map. Meanwhile, an elimination is worth one point and a victory royale is worth 10 points.

This competition is for solo players only, so you won’t be able to rely on teammates to revive you. Once you go down, that’s it for the given round and you’ll need to hop back into the queue.

Rewards in the #FreeFortnite Cup

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Players will be competing for in-game skins along with real-world clothing.

In true Epic fashion, the event wouldn’t be complete without a unique set of rewards up for grabs. For amassing just 10 points, a target you’ll likely hit in a game or two, players will unlock a brand-new skin. 

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This cosmetic item is labeled as the ‘Tart Tycoon Outfit’ and subtly pokes fun at Apple. The fruit-headed character appears in a suit with black gloves on, implying the notion of theft on the app store.

Additionally, the top 20,000 players around the world will be sent a one-of-a-kind #FreeFortnite hat. Not an in-game item, an actual hat that the developers will send to your home, free of charge.

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Last but not least, an assortment of gaming hardware is also on the line as players transition off of Apple devices. From a PlayStation 4 to an Alienware gaming laptop and more, 1,200 players will be sent these valuable prizes.

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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