Fortnite: NA finals of $1 million Winter Royale tournament - schedule, format, qualified players, and more - Dexerto

Fortnite: NA finals of $1 million Winter Royale tournament – schedule, format, qualified players, and more

Published: 30/Nov/2018 2:16 Updated: 12/Dec/2018 22:00

by Albert Petrosyan


The qualifying stages of the $1 million Winter Royale tournament for Fortnite Battle Royale are now over, and the top 200 players from the North American region have advanced to the finals.

The Winter Royale event is an in-game competition that was open to all players from the NA and EU, becoming the first ever open tournament in Fortnite.

With the list of the top 200 players from each region now finalized, the second stage of the tournament is set to begin. Below you can find all of the relevant information and details, including the full schedule, scoring format, qualified players, and prize breakdown.

Full Schedule

NA FINALS DAY 1 (Tuesday, December 11, 2018)

HEAT 1: 3 PM – 6 PM ET (12 PM – 3 PM PT)

HEAT 2: 7 PM – 10 PM ET (4 PM – 7 PM PT)

NA FINALS DAY 2 (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)


Scoring Format

For the second stage of the competition, the 200 qualifying players from each region will compete in five Solos matches that will use the following scoring format:

Victory Royale: 3 Points
2nd-3rd Place: 2 Points
4th-10th Place: +1 Point

7+ Eliminations: 3 Points
5-6 Eliminations: 2 Points
3-4 Eliminations: 1 Point

Big Bonus: After 7 Eliminations, +1 Point will be added to each elimination.

Based on this format, the top 100 scoring players from each region after this stage will advance the Grand Finals.

Tiebreakers will be determined based on the following order: total Victory Royales, total eliminations during the Event, Average Placement across all matches, total time spent alive, and finally a Coin Flip.


The North American portion of the finals, which kicks off on Tuesday, December 11, will be streamed live on the Fortnite Twitch channel, and casted by MonsterDFace and GoldenBoy.

You can watch the live broadcast of the finals below. 

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Live Scores and Standings

Epic Games are providing a live scoreboard for the Grand Final that will be updated after each game is played. To access this scoreboard and view live standings, visiting the link below.


Qualified Players

The top 200 players from the NA region that have qualified for Stage 2 of the Winter Royale can be seen below,

Keep in mind that this may not be the same list that was available right after the qualifiers ended because Epic Games determined that several of the initial top 200 players were not eligible to play.

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Prize Breakdown

The Winter Royale features a $1 million prize pool, which is split in half and distributed to the finalists from each of the two regions.

These prizes will be awarded to the final 100 players from each region that make it to the Grand Finals.

EU Finals

The European region’s Winter Royale finals were played November 30 – December 1, with LeStream Skite finishing in first place out of the 200 qualified players.

For a full recap of the EU finals, including highlights, final placements, and more, visit our EU Winter Royale recap page here.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.