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Mongraal, Benjyfishy, more slam Fortnite Winter Royale prizing

Published: 10/Dec/2019 3:22 Updated: 8/May/2020 10:42

by Andrew Amos


The $15 million Fortnite Winter Royale has helped fill the post-FNCS competitive void, but pro players like FaZe Clan’s Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson and NRG’s Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish aren’t impressed with the prize pool split.

The Fortnite Winter Royale in 2019 is an early birthday present for players of the popular battle royale. With a $15 million prize pool split across the world, duos will have three days to grind to the top and earn a bit of Christmas cheer.

However, some pros have raised complaints about how the tournament is formatted, and how thin the prize pool is spread. Players like Mongraal and Benjyfishy have spoken out against the thin prize pools, saying that the three-day tournament is a let down compared to previous events.

Epic GamesThe Fortnite Winter Royale is being criticized by some pro players over its thinly-spread prize pool.

Each platform is expected to get similar prize pools for each day across the weekend, but Mongraal questioned why that’s happening at all.

“There is a prize pool for every region, every platform, top 500 to top 1000, and console has the same prize pool as PC,” he said.

Given the fact that there’s plenty of competitive regions and platforms, the $15 million set aside for the tournament will dry up pretty quick, leaving some players at the top with very little to show for their efforts. 

Fortnite World Cup duos champion David ‘Aqua‘ Wang zeroed in on the fact that “EU mobile gets more for first than NA-West PC players get,” even though PC has been the official competitive mode throughout the game’s history.

Benjyfishy also highlighted how thin the prize pool is, showing that the winners of the Winter Royale Day 1 receive $9,000, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands that have previously been on offer.

He also criticized Epic for giving console and PC players the same prize pool, even though he believes PC is the more competitive platform.

“Console players are nowhere near as competitive as people on PC,” he said. “It’s just impossible to be as good on 60 FPS and max settings. PC should be getting more money.”

The $15 million Fortnite Winter Royale will be running on across December 20 to 22, with prizes given to the best 1000 players on each platform on each day. You can find out more information about the Fortnite Winter Royale here.


How to get more Gold Bars currency in Fortnite Season 5

Published: 2/Dec/2020 10:59

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite Season 5 has introduced a new form of currency, Gold Bars, that can be used to purchase weapons and upgrades. Here’s how you can get more of them.

While Season 4 was a Marvel fan’s dream, Season 5 is putting the focus back on Fortnite lore, as Agent Jones brings together the world’s greatest hunters – including The Mandalorian – for a chaotic battle that will shape the future of The Island.

As well as a major map update that brings new areas like crystalline sands, there’s a bunch of NPCs on The Island who will offer you quests and bounties.

You can also hire them to be your allies or get intel on the surrounding area. But how do you afford them? Gold Bars.

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Fortnite players can unlock Gold Bars by completing bounties

What are Gold Bars in Fortnite Season 5?

Season 5 brings with it a new form of in-game currency, Gold Bars. It’s currently unknown if they’ll be sticking around for good, or if they’re a one-season addition. Either way, they certainly seem promising.

Gold Bars can be used to upgrade your weapons, purchase new guns, or even hire NPCs as your own personal bodyguards. Time will tell how useful these allies will actually be, but it’s a nice addition to the game, especially as players slowly discover who their favorite NPCs are.

Epic Games described the new Gold Bars in a statement, which said: “Earn bars by completing quests and bounties, eliminating players, or finding hidden stashes around the island. Spend your earned bars on new exotic weapons, upgrades, intel, services and more.”

How do you unlock Gold Bars in Fortnite Season 5?

The clearest way to unlock Gold Bars right now is to complete quests and bounties from NPCs on The Island. Not sure what to expect from bounties, or how to complete them? We’ve got you covered in our bounties guide.

It’s possible to unlock Gold Bars by taking out other players, who will drop some of their currency when they’re eliminated. There will also be hidden stashes placed around The Island, which players will no doubt uncover in rapid time.

We’ll update players on the fastest ways to do this in the future. In the meantime, make sure you visit our dedicated Fortnite hub to get all the latest news on Season 5 updates, including patch notes and how to unlock new skins.