How to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup – Arena Mode, Online Opens, format and more

Matt Porter

The Fortnite World Cup has officially been announced, and Epic Games have revealed how players can secure their spot at the massive tournament with the announcement of the official qualification pathway, titled the Fortnite World Cup Online Opens.

The Fortnite World Cup will be Epic Games’ largest esports tournament for their immensely popular battle royale title, with a $40,000,000 prize pool that Fortnite players will be desperate to get their hands on.

Now, Epic Games have announced when and how players can seal their place at the World Cup, along with the rules and format that will be used.

What is the format for Fortnite World Cup qualification?

Introduced in the V8.20 Update, Fortnite fans will be able to take part in the new Arena Mode, a brand new tournament which will be active at all times. Players use this tournament to secure their place in the three-hour Online Open semi-finals which take place on a Saturday.

The top 3,000 players from the semi-finals will then compete on the Sunday in the Online Open finals, where players will play for 10 hours with a three-hour time limit to secure their place at the World Cup, alongside a cut of the $1,000,000 prize pool for each Online Open.

Scoring will vary between the Solo and Duos Online Opens. You can view the full scoring rules below.


  • Victory Royale: 10 Points
  • 2nd – 5th: 7 Points
  • 6th – 15th: 5 points
  • 16th – 25th: 3 Points
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point


  • Victory Royale: 10 Points
  • 2nd – 3rd: 7 Points
  • 4th – 7th: 5 Points
  • 8th – 12th: 3 Points
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

When does qualification for the Fortnite World Cup start?

Qualification for the Fortnite World Cup officially kicks off on Saturday, April 13 with the first of 10 Online Open events, which will alternate between Solos and Duos tournaments. These events will take place weekly, and will offer a $1,000,000 prize pool to those who compete in it.

Fortnite World Cup Online Opens will take place weekly.

How many people from each region will qualify?

As expected, Europe and North America dominate the qualification spots, with the combined regions taking over 66% of each week’s open slots on average.

Players from Asia, Brazil and Oceania will also be able to secure spots at the Fortnite World Cup. You can view a full breakdown of the Fortnite World Cup Qualification spots below.

A look at the qualification spots for each region.

When and where are the Fortnite World Cup Finals?

The Fortnite World Cup Finals will take place in New York City, although where in the historic city the tournament will take place is currently unknown.

The tournament will run from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, with both Solo and Duos tournaments, alongside a host of other activities for Fortnite fans.

How do I watch the Fortnite World Cup?

The Fortnite World Cup is likely to be one of the most-watched esports tournaments of the year, but with the tournament not taking place until July, Epic Games have yet to announce how fans will be able to keep an eye on all the action if they aren’t in New York.

It’s likely that the event will be streamed from Fortnite’s Twitch channel.

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What is the prize pool for the Fortnite World Cup

Competitors who qualify for the big event in New York City will battle for their share of the incredible $30 million prize pool.

Epic Games have already confirmed that anyone who makes it to the tournament will not leave empty handed, as any player who competes at the Fortnite World Cup is guaranteed to win at least $50,000, with the winner of the Solos tournament taking home a massive $3 million.

More information about the Fortnite World Cup will become available as the event draws closer, so make sure to stay tuned to @Dexerto for all the latest information. 

About The Author

Matt is a former Dexerto writer. Hailing from Northern Ireland, he is games journalist who specializes in Call of Duty. Matt joined Dexerto in August 2018, covering a variety of games as a Senior Writer before moving to CharlieINTEL in 2020.