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When is the Fortnite World Cup? Qualifiers for the 2019 season of Fortnite esports

Published: 16/Oct/2018 11:25

by Calum Patterson

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The Fortnite World Cup was first announced back in June of 2018, but there hasn’t been much news about it since, with Epic Games’ attention firmly on the Summer and Fall Skirmishes.

With a total of $100,000,000 in prize pools pledged by Epic Games (Around $18 million of which has already been handed out), there is a lot to play for, and anyone can play.

Epic has confirmed that they will not be selling teams or franchises, or allowing third party tournament organizers to do so either, as they want the game to be inclusive for all players, not just those on a pro team.

But, you will still need to be good enough to make it in, and that’s where the qualifiers for the World Cup come in.

Initially, Epic stated that Fortnite World Cup qualifiers would begin in Fall 2018, but that has yet to happen, and the Fortnite website has now been updated to announce a delay to the qualifiers.

Qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup will now begin in 2019. No exact date or season is given, but it is likely to be early 2019, as the World Cup proper is set for late 2019.

The esports page on the Fortnite website was updated to release details of the new in-game tournaments mode, which looks like it will be the best practice for the World Cup.

Currently, these tournament modes are mainly Solo and Duo, which is interesting given that Epic also stated that “Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos.”

Perhaps this new tournament mode in-game will perform a similar function to the ‘Solo Showdown LTM’, which essentially acted as a qualifier for the Skirmish events.

Source: Epic Games

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Epic confirms Fortnite World Cup 2021 has been canceled

Published: 5/Dec/2020 5:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Epic Games has confirmed that they have “no plans” for any live events next year, including Fortnite World Cup 2021, all but canceling the event. It’s something many fans expected but still feared, even though most understand it’s necessary.

Fortnite’s competitive scene is one of many that have been rocked in 2020. It was something nobody anticipated or expected, at least, in terms of how severe an impact it would have on the world.

Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet, and that means there’s still a spanner in the works. Epic Games has decided it’s still too risky to host live events anytime soon.

They’ve opted to cancel all live events in 2021, including the Fortnite World Cup. They laid it all out in their latest blog post.

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The Fortnite World Cup is the premier event in the Fortnite competitive scene.

“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” they said. It’s a sentiment that other organizations have shared.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup,” they added. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any competitions at all.

“We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future,” they said. 

It’s crazy to think that we might still be a year away from seeing LAN esports events again. However, it’s a sensible decision given the circumstances.

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Fortnite fans will need to wait at least another year before seeing a LAN tournament.

It’s bittersweet news for fans and players around the world. They’d love to see competitive LAN events in the Fortnite scene once again.

But at the same time, it’s good to know that Epic Games has everyone’s best interests at heart. They aren’t willing to risk anything, which is nice.