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Fortnite FNCS Season 4 Week 3: results & final placements

Published: 26/Oct/2020 3:05 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 3:51

by Brad Norton

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The penultimate week of Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) action for Chapter 2 Season 4 has wrapped up as the world’s top players now have their sights set on the Grand Finals.

Three weeks of FNCS competition are now in the books. Each week saw fresh faces cracking into the top of the standings. However, a few veteran Trios have stood out from the pack each time around.

From banning controversy to game-breaking bugs, the tournament hasn’t come without its fair share of troubles. However, the most experienced players pushed through to cla67)im their spot in the upcoming Grand Finals.

With everything to play for, the third round of the tournament was one of the most intense yet. Below is a full rundown of how the penultimate week played out.

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 4 NA East recap – Week Three

Another week of FNCS and another Trio has been crowned victorious. Former winners pulled off some huge plays and made it back into the top 10 again. Ultimately though, it was  TMS Commandment Liquid Cented, and NRG Edgey that won it all in week three.

They had a 20 point lead over the second-best team, cruising well ahead of those in third place and below. As per usual, all of the biggest names were lined up to compete. Only three players could walk away with the lion’s share though.

Despite setting a record for the day with four overall match wins, the Trio of Zayt, Saffy, and STREMON couldn’t secure enough kills to boost their points. The final standings can be found below.

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 4 NA East results- Week Three (Top 15)

Place Players Points
1 TSM_Comadon, Liquid ilililil, NRG Edgey 236
2 TNA Deyy, TNA Mero, Reverse2k 216
3 NRG Zayt, TSM saffy, Liquid STREMON 199
4 LG Jampеr, bughа, C9 Avery 195
5 NRG СІіх, illеst, FаZe Bizzle 169
6 BBG KREMON, BBG Bucke, TSM DEMONADA 166
7 LG Slackes, Acоrn, Vanish ʝahq 158
8 Crumblerr, Nexybtw, Marzz_Ow 138
9 FaZe Megga, Liquid Riversan, FаZe Dubs 131
10 Degеn, Ajerss, SEN Animal 129
11 GАВΕ, tаhi, sprite dabdabdab 124
12 zum, skqttles, NRG Ronaldo 108
13 Јoji, Kn1pher, TabzG 103
14 Ghost Nittle, Mikeу, Ghost clarityG 102
15 vsB pgod, Alliege, Jelty 80

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 4 NA West recap – Week Three

For the first time since this iteration of FNCS began, new NA West winners have been crowned. Arkhram, rehx, & EpikWhale had led the charge as the most formidable Trio over the first two weeks of action. However, they fell to third place in the latest round of competition.

Cementing their place atop the pack with a 64 point lead over the back to back winners, clg pelican, LITTLE, * Temple B closed the show with 227 points.

Other familiar faces pushed through to the top 10 as usual, though the gap between teams at the top was bigger than ever before. Below is a complete look at how the final results.

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 4 NA West results- Week Three (Top 9)

Place Players Points
1 clg pelican, LITTLE, Temple B 227
2 Kenshi, make, & TD Dog 217
3 100T Arkhram, 100T rehx, & NRG EpikWhale 163
4 EP dwavy13, wavydfavs13, & XTRA Reet 162
5 CLG symetrical, jayrosez, & NorCal Mony 154
6 Apex Swarm, NorCal Nol, & NorCal Pepper 149
7 XTRA Bumboy, XTRA Caleb, & XTRA VerT 143
8 kuuzii, Lollicker, & qCu17ah21Cn04K 133
9 5G KADENOX, ThaiTanks, & vanish sake 131

With the first three weeks now behind us, just one remains. The very best players from each week will be gearing up for the toughest round of action yet.

The FNCS Chapters 2 Season 4 Grand Finals are set to kick off on October 29 and run through to November 1.

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Adam Fitch: Sorry Dr Disrespect, mobile esports are thriving

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:00

by Adam Fitch

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Earlier in November 2020, streamer Dr Disrespect spoke down towards mobile gamers on Twitter by questioning how it could be a “serious thing” — however, he’s just failing to understand how popular competition on mobile already is.

While mobile gamers and industry figures alike came to the defense of mobile gaming when the Two-Time took aim at the platform, there’s still a serious misconception around mobile esports and the success it’s already achieved.

Firstly, it’s worthwhile addressing the “serious” comment from Doc. While mobile devices perhaps don’t allow for precision that PCs do, there’s still a major skill gap between average and professional players and that lends itself perfectly to competition. The most common and widely-accepted definition of esports is a “video game played competitively for spectators,” mobile tournaments meet such a criteria on a daily basis and it’s already serious to hundreds of thousands of viewers on a weekly basis.

This skepticism from one of the faces of gaming is emblematic of a larger problem of platform elitism that plagues gaming on all levels. Ever since the popularization of esports there has been debate between console and PC gaming, centering around not only which type of players are better but whether console esports have unfair advantages due to features such as aim assist.

Ezreal in League of Legends Wild Rift
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The most popular esports title, League of Legends, arrived on mobile in October 2020.

Tribalism is also a factor in this spritely, never-ending discussion, with players grouping together based on their platform of choice and nonsensically taking aim at those who have other preferences.

The only time in which such a debate would be productive is if cross-platform play is embraced in serious competition, which seems to be a long way away from ever becoming a reality. Fortnite developers Epic Games received plenty of criticism when implementing this feature in casual play, never mind in their esports activities, so it’s probably safe to assume no companies are rushing to make this a reality for the time being.

Infrastructure matters

Something that all good games need to be viable on a competitive level is infrastructure. Creating an appropriate structure for esports initiatives is important, whether it’s by a game’s developer or a third-party tournament organizer.

A great example of this in the realm of mobile esports is Clash Royale, one of the more popular titles from Finnish developers Supercell. The real-time strategy game has its own official team-based league from the company themselves, with top-tier gameplay spanning nine weeks and culminating in a year-ending world championship. This level of support and structure actually goes beyond what some PC and console games receive.

On the third-party organizer front, especially in the West, you only have to look as far as ESL to see how seriously mobile esports is being taken. As well as hosting regular online events for the likes of Call of Duty: Mobile, Clash of Clans, Brawls Stars, and Clash Royale, they have the ESL Mobile Open for elite players.

Clash Royale League World Finals
Supercell
The Clash Royale League World Finals are always a spectacle, rivaling events in almost any other game.

Recently incorporating the Middle East and North Africa into the European arm of the competition, it’s said that ESL hosted over 500,000 players in the inaugural season alone. The second season involves PUBG Mobile, Auto Chess, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Clash of Clans, and will be expecting even more success with the widening of the player base.

In North America, the Mobile Open from ESL is already in its sixth season and has a headline sponsorship from the world’s largest telecommunications company, AT&T. There are other examples of infrastructure being fleshed out for mobile titles, but you get the gist.

A sight for sore eyes

One major factor of how we define success in esports is viewership. With a healthy amount of eyeballs on a product comes sponsorship opportunities, bragging rights, and further validation that fans are interested in watching the elite face off against each other.

With that in mind, it’s never been clearer that mobile esports isn’t just a major part of the future of the industry — it has already arrived. According to analytics agency Esports Charts, mobile events made up three of the five most popular tournaments in October 2020. This happened alongside the League of Legends World Championship taking place, which is not only one of the most anticipated occasions in the esports calendar but as it turned out to be one of the only LAN events we’d seen in six months.

Garena Free Fire
Garena
Free Fire hit a record of 100 million peak daily users earlier in 2020.

Asia and Latin America are where mobile esports are truly thriving at the moment, rivaling the popularity of any other title you decide to compare them with. This is proven from last month’s peak viewership statistics, where MOBA title Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and battle royale game Garena Free Fire occupied three of the top five placements.

Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt, the head of gaming at YouTube, posted a thread on Twitter on November 26 backed up the sheer popularity of Free Fire on the platform. In 2019, it was YouTube’s fourth most-viewed game and it’s proving to have some longevity considering its monthly viewership peaked in October 2020.

While this level of success isn’t replicated across all regions just yet, that’s how esports typically work. Call of Duty and Counter-Strike are mainly popular among those in North America and Europe, for example, which is reflected in the demographics of both the top-level players and the viewership alike. The same applies to mobile but it’s not an excuse for ignorance.

The future?

Mobile devices are generally more accessible than a high-end computer or new-generation gaming console so there’s a much higher ceiling on participation in mobile esports by default. Whether adoption from mobile users does indeed propel it into becoming the de facto competitive option is yet to be seen, but such potential can’t be ignored.

With viewership rivaling (and even oftentimes besting) that from console and PC esports alike, it’s sheer ignorance to state that mobile gaming isn’t already a major player in the industry. If you fail to see that from the investment that’s being funneled into mobile titles, or the number of people who already enjoy playing and spectating, then perhaps you’d like to argue that grass isn’t green too.