The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4. It’s a return to the much-beloved trios format, although there are some changes generally to how the tournament will play out. Here’s what we know so far.
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.
The qualifier system has been changed as Epic continues to experiment with what works best for the FNCS. There is also an extra leg to this season’s tournament, giving teams an extra shot at qualifying for the big event.
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As we mentioned at the top, the FNCS will be making a triumphant return to trios. The format is arguably the most loved in the competitive setting nowadays, and has provided for great battles in the past.
The FNCS will follow a similar qualifier plus finals format to previous seasons. The top 100 teams over all the qualifiers will make it to the Finals heats. Every week of qualifiers will feature an open event, before the top 33 fights it out for instant qualification over two days.
From there, the eight best teams in every heat will crack into the Grand Final. However, there will be a new Wildcard Match, giving those who miss out one last chance for the final spot after the heats.
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. While competition will be returning to PC and console, it’s unclear if mobile is getting an event.
Trios was the first format Epic used for FNCS back in Season X.
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.
The Chipotle Challenger Series is back, this time returning to Fortnite Battle Royale, as players and a star-studded list of influencers go head-to-head on October 1.
Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale.
Now, the competition returns, moving from Warzone back to Fortnite, the original stomping grounds of the Chipotle Challenger Series.
How to watch the Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series
With qualifiers out of the way and the teams locked-in, only the Chipotle Challenger Series finale remains for viewers to watch. The finale takes place on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm BST on Chipotle’s Twitch channel.
We’ve embedded the stream here so you can keep up with all the action from your favorite Fortnite content creators, sports stars and celebrities, and find out who wins the tournament and makes the lion share of the $50,000 prize pool.
As well as the qualified teams, there is another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there will be four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams will score one point for each elimination they earn.
There will be four total qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:
Will allow up to 1000 trio teams
Will have private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Will have a Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window
Qualifying teams will have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it will be played in a private lobby, which will include:
The top four teams from each qualifying round
17 teams of invited talent
A 5-game series
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money will be presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners will also secure themselves free burritos for a year!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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