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Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Thinks Fortnite Has Had a Major Effect on Overwatch League

Published: 25/May/2018 18:10 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Calum Patterson

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Mark Cuban, best known as the owner of NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks, recently made some bold statements about the knock-on effect of Fortnite’s popularity on top esports titles, namely the Overwatch League.

In addition to his role in traditional sports, Cuban is also involved in esports through other ventures such as Mavs Gaming and investment in esports betting website Unikrn.

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Mavs Gaming currently fields an NBA 2K roster playing in the NBA 2K League, which recently began its inaugural season, with the Mavs winning their opening two matches.

Of course, the talk of the esports community in recent days has been heavily focused on Fortnite, mainly due to developers Epic Games announcing they will pledge $100M to esports prize pools for the battle royale game.

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Speaking at the seventh State of College Athletics Forum hosted by Big 12 Conference on May 23rd, Cuban signalled that he reckons the Overwatch League is on a downward trend, perhaps attributing it to the rise of Fortnite and its plans of expansion into esports.

“Now, every major team is trying to start a Fortnite team-“

– But how long is Fortnite going to be popular? That’s the big question.

“Well, it has a good head start, and it’s not even so much how long is Fortnite going to be popular – it’s what is happening to other games, particularly in the United States.

I think Overwatch has gone [plummeting motion]. You know, what happens to OWL?”

It isn’t exactly clear if Cuban thinks Fortnite is having a direct impact upon Overwatch and the OWL, or if he reckons Overwatch is in fact the cause of it’s own supposed demise.

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And some have argued that his perception of the OWL is not necessarily accurate either, with still impressive viewing figures (although these have seen a significant drop since the beginning of stage one), and Blizzard reportedly set to hike up the pricing for a league spot in Season 2.

But Cuban did expand on his statement, giving some clarification as he was challenged by the CEO of esports organization Immortals and OWL team the Los Angeles Valiant, Noah Winston.

Fortnite itself is still yet to convince many of its suitability as a spectator esport, despite the large investement, given that other Battle Royale titles such as PUBG have been critcized for the difficulty viewers have following the action.

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However, regardless of the hurdles Fortnite will have to overcome, Cuban is not saying anything particularly outlandish by recognizing its immense popularity and developer support which is giving it a leg up into the esports industry.

As for Overwatch and the OWL, it will likely deem itself so distinct from Fortnite in terms of fan and player base overlap that it shouldn’t worry, but there’s no doubt Blizzard would love to attract those same fans who now find themselves engrossed in Fortnite.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson