Everything you need to know about the $1 million 'Winter Royale' Fortnite open event - scoring format, rules, schedule, and more - Dexerto

Everything you need to know about the $1 million ‘Winter Royale’ Fortnite open event – scoring format, rules, schedule, and more

Published: 21/Nov/2018 23:08 Updated: 24/Nov/2018 19:58

by Albert Petrosyan


The $1 million Winter Royale event is the first Fortnite Battle Royale competition open to all players, and it’s finally here.

The Winter Royale event will be an in-game competition open to all players from the North American and European regions, and the top 200 eligible players from each region will advance to the Winter Royale Finals.


Below you can find all of the relevant information and details, including the full schedule, scoring format, rules, prize breakdown, and a live scoreboard.

Full Schedule

Here is the entire schedule for Winter Royale, including both regions’ open qualifier sessions, final heats, and grand finals.


NA Qualifier Day 1 (Saturday, November 24, 2018) 

  • Open Session 1 – 1 PM – 4 PM ET
  • Open Session 2 – 5 PM – 8 PM ET
  • Open Session 3 – 9 PM – 12 AM ET

NA Qualifier Day 2 (Sunday, November 25, 2018) 

  • Open Session 4 – 1 PM – 4 PM ET
  • Open Session 5 – 5 PM – 8 PM ET
  • Open Session 6 – 9 PM – 12 AM ET

EU Qualifier Day 1 (Saturday, November 24, 2018) 

  • Open Session 1 – 10 AM – 1 PM GMT
  • Open Session 2 – 2 PM – 5 PM GMT
  • Open Session 3 – 6 PM – 9 PM GMT

EU Qualifier Day 2 (Sunday, November 25, 2018) 

  • Open Session 4 – 10 AM – 1 PM GMT
  • Open Session 5 – 2 PM – 5 PM GMT
  • Open Session 6 – 6 PM – 9 PM GMT

EU Finals Day 1 (Friday, November 30, 2018)

  • Heat 1 – 4 PM – 7 PM GMT
  • Heat 2 – 8 PM – 11 PM GMT

EU Finals Day 2 (Saturday, December 1, 2018)

  • Grand Finals – 5 PM – 9 PM GMT

NA Finals Day 1 (Tuesday, December 11, 2018)

  • Heat 1 – 3 PM – 6PM ET
  • Heat 2 – 7 PM – 10 PM ET

NA Finals Day 2 (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)

  • Grand Finals – 5 PM – 9 PM ET

Scoring Format

The Winter Royale will feature a scoring format used by the Pop-Up Cup mode currently available in-game. The highest score each player receives during a single session will be counted and the top performers will be listed in the top scores leaderboard. 

The top 200 ranked participants for each region will be sent a survey to determine their eligibility to qualify for the Finals. 

  • Victory Royale: +3 Points
  • Top 3: +1 Point
  • Top 10: +1 Point
  • 7 Eliminations: +1 Point
  • 5 Eliminations: +1 Point
  • 3 Eliminations: +1 Point

A total of 5 points per game can be earned by placement.
A total of 3 points per game can be earned by eliminations.

Live Scoreboard

Epic Games will be providing a live scoreboard for the Winter Royale Qualifier period, which will be updated regularly based on the scores of top performers from both regions.

Be sure to monitor the standings regularly to see if your name is included, or how many points are necessary to get into the top-200.


Prize Breakdown

This competition will feature $1,000,000 in total prize, $500K of which will be available to player from each of the two regions. The exact breakdown for how these prizes will be distributed among the top performers can be seen below.


There will be strict guidelines to determine who is eligible to participate in the Winter Royale Finals. Here are the official rules, as provided by Epic Games on the official competition website:

No purchase necessary.
To be eligible for the Winter Royale Finals Event, you (“Participant”) must:

  • be 16 or older;
  • be a valid Fortnite licensee under the Fortnite End User License Agreement (“EULA”) (https://www.epicgames.com/fort… an eligibility survey and be invited by Epic (or an invitee of Epic) to participate in the Event;
  • agree to be bound by, and comply with, the Fortnite Code of Conduct (as updated, revised, changed, or modified from time to time by Epic, the “Code”).

The Event is open to invited Participants worldwide, but is void wherever restricted or prohibited by law.

Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives of Epic (including the legal, promotion, and advertising agencies of Epic) and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents and in-laws, regardless of where they live) and those living in their household (whether or not related), and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Event, and each parent company, affiliate, subsidiary, agent and representative of Epic are not eligible.

Epic reserves the right to disqualify any Participant in its sole discretion for any reason, including without limitation if Epic determines Participant is cheating, hacking, harassing, using abusive or offensive language, colluding, account sharing, teaming, sabotaging, spamming, engaging in social engineering, scamming, or otherwise violating the Fortnite EULA or the Code.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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