This year, there will be no in-person Fortnite competitions, which means there will be no Fortnite World Cup. In the meantime, the Fortnite Competitive Series (FNCS), which holds various events for astronomically large sums of money throughout the year, is carrying the load, and Epic has just revealed the year’s big finish: the FNCS Grand Royale.
Do you know what a Grand Royale is in Paris? Wait. For those keeping track, this is the Chapter 2 Season 8 FNCS, and Epic has created a unique format and ruleset for the competition, which goes into great detail on how players can enter and assemble their Trios (the FNCS this year is focusing on squad trios rather than doubles and quads). As you may have noticed, the main attraction is a total prize pool of just over $5 million split among global regions, with the lion’s share, $2,250,300, going to Europe because it hosts so many of the competitions.
The Grand Royale will be split into two weekends, with the qualifying stages taking place November 11-14 and the finals taking place November 19-21. Qualifying teams will enter a 3-hour open session during which they can play up to 10 matches in order to earn as many points as possible. The higher your team’s finish in the match, the more points you’ll earn. The top 33 teams advance to the ‘Victory Path,’ while those who did not make the cut are given another chance on the ‘Reload Path.’ At this point in the tournament, the rules devolve into various point-award schemes, so I’ll spare you those, but gluttons for punishment can gorge themselves on the numbers.
Epic has done some pretty cool things with FNCS this year, and the publisher clearly understands that events without the magic of a crowd and the spectacle they bring require extra effort. As part of the competition this summer, it began using the creative mode, and of course, all of this hums along in the background while the rest of us stare at a giant Ariana Grande rocketing through the sky.