Major Scheduling Changes are Coming to KEEMSTAR's $20K Friday Fortnite and $100K Realm Royale Tournaments - Dexerto
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Major Scheduling Changes are Coming to KEEMSTAR’s $20K Friday Fortnite and $100K Realm Royale Tournaments

Published: 12/Jul/2018 23:51 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Albert Petrosyan

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YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem has announced that major scheduling changes are coming to his prized weekly Battle Royale tournaments.

Starting on July 29, the popular Friday Fortnite celebrity competition, which features a $20K prize pool, will be moved to Sundays and become ‘Sunday Fortnite,’ and the $100k Realm Royale tournament will be moved to Thursdays, effective July 19.

KEEMSTAR announced these date changes on July 12 via a post on his Twitter page. Until then, Friday Fortnite will continue to be played on the 13th and 20th of July, as regularly planned.

Once the scheduling change comes into effect, the start time for the new Sunday Fortnite will also be changed, going from 1 PM PT to 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

As Keem alluded to in the tweet above, these scheduling changes are being made in reaction to Epic Games’ recently announced ‘Summer Skirmish’ Fortnite tournaments, which will be taking place every weekend over the next 8 weeks.

Although he isn’t too happy about it, the YouTuber understands that there is nothing he can do when it comes to the schedule that Epic has chosen for its competitions.

It will be worth keeping an eye on how these scheduling changes will affect Friday Fortnite, which has reached unprecedented success in terms of both viewership and participation.

At least for the Realm Royale tournament, these changes should not have much effect since it has not yet been played due to multiple delays.

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SypherPK explains why competitive Fortnite’s momentum is slowing down

Published: 18/Jan/2021 4:28 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 4:35

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Fortnite’s competitive scene once had a lot of momentum, but now it’s slowed down to a stand-still for several reasons, and SypherPK explained why.

Fortnite exploded into the competitive esports world, and it’s been in the mix ever since. But although it’s still alive and well, its momentum has slowed down quite a bit.

Professional players like Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ David Fish have expressed their concerns about the dwindling prize-pool. And one of the most popular players in the scene, William ‘Zayt’ Aubin, announced his retirement because he wasn’t having fun.

The game is still incredibly popular. However, the competitive scene is in dire straits, and Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan explained why. Here’s what he had to say.

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Fortnite players can always trust SypherPK’s opinions and insights on the game.

“A lot of people recently have been saying that Fortnite competitive is dying,” he said. “I personally don’t think it’s dying, but momentum is slowing down. Something [needs to be] done to rejuvenate and re-motivate people, because… momentum is dwindling, and I can explain why.”

“NRG Zayt, who is one of the longest-running pro players from back in the OG days, decided to retire,” he said. “He’s still been placing really well in tournaments, [but] he might have lost motivation because… the prize pool is extremely low compared to what it used to be.”

“Another thing that has shifted is the fun factor,” he said. “Back in the day, content creators used to play tournaments for fun. You had people like CouRageJD and TimTheTatman playing. It drove viewership [numbers up]… even though [they] didn’t necessarily win. That doesn’t really happen anymore.”

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Fortnite fans haven’t been able to attend a LAN tournament for quite some time.

“Another [problem]… is the LAN tournaments,” he said. “For a good reason, we can’t have LAN events. But [they] drew more importance to them. People would be able to see competitors… and their reactions. We lost that, and we probably won’t get that back until 2022.”

“[Some of] the most memorable… moments [revolved] around LAN events,” he added. “You get more attracted to the storylines of the players. It feels more important. Right now, there is not as much story involved.”

“On top of that, when Epic Games is doing the live stream, they still use the spectator mode,” he said. “[It’s] laggy and choppy and doesn’t allow you to see the real skill that some of these players have.”

In the end, though, SypherPK re-iterated his belief that competitive Fortnite isn’t dying. However, he is convinced that it’s momentum is at an all-time low and thinks it needs to pick back up again. Only time will tell whether that happens.

Either way, Fortnite’s competitive scene isn’t as strong as it used to be. The signs are worrying, and if more players and viewers keep jumping ship, it will be interesting to see how Epic Games respond.