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Benjyfishy, Nate Hill & more Fortnite pros speak out about dwindling prize pools

Fortnite pros like Nate Hill, Wolfiez, and Benjyfishy are speaking out about the low prize pools offered in Season 5.

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Prize pools in competitive Fortnite are once again under fire from the pro community, who has seen them substantially decrease over the course of the last few seasons.

Epic Games recently announced the competitive schedule for Season 5, including the FNCS, Cash Cups, LTM competitions, and new Bragging Rights tournaments.

While the larger competitive Fortnite community was happy to see so many events in Season 5, the pro players quickly noticed the dwindling prize pool for paid events.

Epic lowering the prize pool of major Fortnite tournaments has been a topic of discussion for a few seasons. Pro players noticed that older tournaments contained drastically more money than those in the present day.

There are a few theoretical reasons for this shift. Competitive Fortnite may be past its peak regarding viewership and Epic are splitting prize pools across multiple platforms.

This didn’t stop pro players from voicing their concerns. NRG pro, Benjyfishy, even suggested that the competitive Fortnite scene could dry-up without high-paid tournaments.

Looking back at my old vids n s**t actually makes me sad like I miss daily cups I miss actually just wanting to grind the game 24/7 cause I genuinely enjoyed it and there was a good incentive to do it,” Benjyfishy wrote on Twitter.

Benjyfishy wasn’t the only pro to criticize Epic Games’ lack of recent attention to competitive Fortnite. Wolfiez made a joke about the Bragging Rights tournaments, comparing the “shoutout” prize to the millions of dollars up for grabs in 2019 and 2020.

Nate Hill even @ed the Fortnite Twitter account, suggesting that if they crowd-funded “a small % from every battle pass to the Prize pool, we could have real tourneys that people are interested in watching. No one cares who got first place in a vBucks tourney. Dota 2 – 34million. Fortnite – box of cupcakes.”

Competitive Fortnite still has strong viewership, with tier-one organizations continuing to sign Fortnite players. There’s no arguing with the statistics, though, Fortnite’s prize pools have gone down since 2019.

It’s too early to tell if 2021 will offer the least amount of money yet, but Season 5 doesn’t look like a great start for Fortnite pros. Until we have an official statement from Epic on the matter, pro players and fans will continue to speculate.

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Fortnite Season 6 FNCS: dates, prize pool, format & more

The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is coming soon. Here’s everything you need to know about the dates, format, prize pool, and more.

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The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is around the corner. Take a look at everything you need to know about the start date, Twitch Drops, prize pool, and more.

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and a new season means a new FNCS is coming. Epic recently announced the tournament, prize pool, format, and everything else we needed to know.

Ahead, we’ll cover all of the information we have about the Season 6 FNCS. Make sure to check back, as we’ll be updating this post as we learn more.

Fortnite Season 6 FNCS schedule

Fortnite Season 6 FNCS

The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS will kick off on April 22 and 23, depending on your region. The three qualifying weeks will then take place every weekend after that. We’ll have one bye week before the Semi-Finals and Reboot Round – both taking place the same weekend.

The finals will take place on May 29 and 30 for all regions except Middle East, which will happen on the 28-29. Here’s a quick breakdown of the full schedule (subject to change)

  • Qualifier 1: Middle East – April 22-24. All other regions – April 23-25
  • Qualifier 2: Middle East – April 29-May 1. All other regions – April 30-May 2
  • Qualifier 3: Middle East – May 6-8. All other regions – May 7-9
  • Bye Week: May 13-16
  • Semi-Finals: Middle East – May 21. All other regions – May 22
  • Reboot Round: Middle East – May 22. All other regions – May 23
  • Finals: Middle East May 28-29. All other regions – May 29-30

FNCS Format & prize pool

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The Season 6 FNCS is a trios tournament, which is the standard format for FNCS competitions.

The top three teams from each qualifier will automatically move onto the Finals. The rest of the teams will earn Series points for each week, eventually culminating in the Semi-Finals and Reboot Round. The top-three teams in the Season 5 FNCS will automatically qualify for the Season 6 Finals.

Here’s a breakdown of the total prize pool for each region:

  • Europe: $1,350,000
  • NA-East: $690,000
  • NA-West: $300,000
  • Brazil: $300,000
  • Asia: $150,000
  • Middle East: $120,000
  • Oceania: $90,000

Scoring

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The scoring system got a few adjustments in Season 6. Most notably, Epic are rewarding teams who make it past the Storm Surge placement threshold, as this is a more difficult mark to hit.

Here’s how points will be rewarded in the Season 6 FNCS:

  • Victory Royale: 30
  • 2nd: 26
  • 3rd: 24
  • 4th: 22
  • 5th: 21
  • 6th: 20
  • 7th: 19
  • 8th: 18
  • 9th: 17
  • 10th: 16
  • 11th: 14
  • 12th: 13
  • 13th: 12
  • 14th: 11
  • 15th: 10
  • 16th: 9
  • 17th: 8
  • 18th-24th: 5
  • Each Elimination: 2 Points

Twitch Drops

We don’t have any official news of Twitch drops for the Season 6 FNCS just yet, but we expect to see them when the event begins. In past seasons, Fortnite pros, streamers, and the official broadcast allowed players to earn in-game cosmetics by watching their perspective.

We’ll update you if any more news or changes come to the Season 6 FNCS. Until then, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you don’t miss any of the latest Fortnite news.

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Fortnite controller God Co1azo joins TSM

TSM made a splash with their latest Fortnite signing – one of the best controller players in the game, Co1azo.

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TSM made another huge splash in the Fortnite world, signing one of the best controller players in NA-East, Co1azo.

Organizations continue to allocate resources to competitive Fortnite as that side of the games grows in popularity.

TSM, who have taken a back seat in recent months, just put their hat back into the ring by signing Fortnite controller pro Co1azo.

Co1azo joins Ops and Zexrow on the TSM professional Fortnite roster and EmadGG on the streaming side. The organization has formerly boasted top names like Khanada, Reverse2k, Saf, Commandment, and Mackwood.

Although TSM seemed to be taking a step back from Fortnite, the signing of Co1azo – a former member of Team Kungarna – likely marks a return to the game.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see TSM scoop-up another Tier 1 Fortnite pro ahead of the Season 6 FNCS.

We’ll keep you posted with other major Fortnite signings as they come. We don’t think this will be the last we see from TSM this competitive Fortnite season.

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Guild Esports expand Fortnite roster with FNCS champion JannisZ

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Guild Esports are expanding their roster with the signing of Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin, winner of the most recent Fortnite Champion Series tournament.

London-based esports company Guild, which boasts David Beckham as co-owner, have announced that two-time FNCS winner JannisZ will be joining their roster, becoming the fifth member of Guild’s number one ranked EU Fortnite team.

At just 15 years old, German esports champ JannisZ has amassed 750,000 followers across Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and has earned over $180,000 in tournament winnings. He’s currently ranked third in Europe.

JannisZ joins Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič, Nikolaj ‘Flikk’ Frøslev, Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean, and Anas ‘Anas’ El-Abd as part of Guild’s Fortnite ‘God Squad’. He’ll be competing in all upcoming European and international Fortnite tournaments, starting with FNCS Chapter 2 Season 6 on 22 April.

“I’ve achieved a lot in Fortnite – but it was a real highlight to win the recent FNCS trios with Hen. I’ve gotten to know the Guild squad well, through tournaments and the Lockdown Ladder,” said JannisZ in a statement.

“Joining the organisation and playing alongside some of the best players in the world was an amazing opportunity to take the next step in my career. I’m looking forward to doing my part to bring Guild Esports even more success.”

As for why JannisZ was signed, Guild’s Director of Esports, Grant Rousseau, explained: “We’ve already reached new heights in 2021 with our first major trophy – but to be the best, you need to keep on building  and setting new goals and challenges.

“Signing JannisZ is part of this continuous growth – he’s an exceptional player, and will further strengthen an already dominant Guild EU Fortnite team. We’re looking forward to welcoming JannisZ to the squad, and bringing home more trophies for Guild this year.”

Alongside being the reigning trios FNCS champion, JannisZ has previously found success at the 2020 Marvel Duo Cup and Fortnite’s 2020 Champion Series Invitational Europe, where he bested the likes of Wolfiez, aqua and Th0masHD.

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