This week, Epic Games announced Fortnite $2 million Champion series Invitational tournament’, commencing on 5th May. Top 200 key players representing all regions and platforms will be invited to spend 3 three weeks competing to win a massive $2 million prize. Played as a solo tournament, the qualifying members of the duo teams will likely receive an invitation.
Epic will invite 100 established players like Ninja, NickMercs, SypherPK, and other renowned streamers to participate in the tournament. Everyone else in the Champion League will be given a chance to compete in the tournament by excelling in open qualifiers. Open qualifiers events will commence on May 2 and the top 100 players will get the opportunity to face the best players in the tournament.
Fortnite Champion Series Invite Categories
As per the official announcement, the top 100 players from the following categories will be invited to compete in the tournament.
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals
- The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals
- Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic
As the tournament is getting nearer, Epic is revealing in-game rewards for FNCS winners.
Epic have revealed the first in-game trophy for FNCS winners. Only one player/team will have it at a time.#Fortnitehttps://t.co/u1RpEVSVK9
— Fortnite News (@FortniteINTEL) April 27, 2020
Travis Scott X Fortnite Astronomical Event
Epic Games strategically announced the $2 million invitational tournament after the unprecedented success of its Travis Scott Astronomical event. Over 12.3 million concurrent players tuned in to watch a giant Travis Scott avatar roaming and singing around in the virtual world of Fortnite. The event set a record of highest concurrent players on the platform. On other streaming channels like Youtube and Twitch, an additional 2 million people watched the event. Check out the full event video:
Previously, Fortnite held a ‘Marshmello’ concert with 8.3 million concurrent players. But Epic blew everyone away with the cinematic and interactive cosmic experience of the recent event. The buildup to the event with teasers kept the players guessing and supporting cosmetic skins and challenges kept the game interesting.
Scoring and schedule
Starting from 1st May till 2nd May ‘Open Qualifier’ sessions will be held in the Middle East and will be open from 2nd till 3rd May for all other regions.
After that, from 8th till 23rd May, qualified and invited 200 players will exhibit their best skills to earn the champion’s title and prize. Tournament sessions during 3 weeks of competition will be divided between the Middle East and all other Regions.
FNCS Invitational – All Final Times Listed in Game
May 8: Week 1 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 10: Week 1 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 15: Week 2 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 17: Week 2 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 22: Grand Finals Session 1 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 2 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East]
May 24: Grand Finals Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]-Epic Games
Last month, due to performance issues, Fortnite cancelled and postponed online tournaments. With that the company has also moved the release date of season 3 chapter 2 twice. Now the expected release date is June 4. De to COVID-19 pandemic, Fortnite 2020 World Cup has also been cancelled.
Physical Events – For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online. Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.
— Fortnite Competitive (@FNCompetitive) April 30, 2020
In the competitive gaming world, Epic is always bringing new interactive competitions, tournaments and events to keep its players engrossed and wanting more. A few days ago the company announced a spray art competition for the winner to have art work featured in the game.