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Epic announce a $20 million cross-platform FNCS prize pool for 2021

Epic Games have answered the call of many professional Fortnite players, announcing a $20 million FNCS prize pool across 2020.

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After several complaints from the competitive Fortnite community, Epic Games have once again dedicated themselves to rewarding esports with a $20 million prize pool in the FNCS, alone.

The competitive Fortnite community has been outspoken on the topic of prize pools for over a year now. The 2020 FNCS prizes seemed to be a far cry from those awarded in 2019, and many of the top players weren’t happy about it.

The real culprit in all of this could have been Epic Games’ communication. They still offered a substantial amount of prize money to players, but it was divided among PC, console, and mobile platforms, separately.

This all came to a head in the early days of 2021, after Epic announced the Season 5 FNCS and competitive schedule. With tournaments that award players with Twitter shout-outs and free skins, the competitive players base wasn’t too happy.

Cross-platform FNCS prize pools

On January 19, Epic Games released a blog post that directly addressed these concerns and announced some major changes. They pledged to offer $20,000,000 over the course of 2021 in FNCS-related competitions, alone.

This change was amplified by Epic’s decision to unify all platforms into one bracket. Instead of console players competing for the same amount of prize money as PC players in a separate tournament, all platforms will compete for more money, together.

This, alone, fixed one of the major problems that so many pro Fortnite players had with recent competitive Fortnite history. Their stance was: why should console players get the same amount of money as PC players when all of the pros are on PC? Fortnite doesn’t even broadcast the console tournaments as they do for the PC platform.

Epic also outlined their plans for competitive Fortnite for the next year. They plan to host four FNCS tournaments worth $3,000,000 each, split across all regions. At the end of the year, the top performers in each region will be invited to a new tournament series, worth $8,000,000.

Prize pool splits

The separation of the prize pool was another area of disagreement for a lot of professional Fortnite players. The NA-East region competes for more than double the NA-West region, for example.

In the blog, Epic explained that “The distribution across all regions for the $3,000,000 prize pool is currently based on the most recent competitive participation and regional game population.”

Epic admitted that they will “continue to monitor and evaluate data before each season to make any necessary adjustments,” when it comes to evenly dividing the prize pool amongst these seven regions.

Regardless of region, this is great news for all Fortnite players. Epic offered $17,000,000 in prize money in 2020, but that was further split in each region by platform, significantly reducing the amount of money pro players make.

Even more, console players now have a larger stage to prove themselves. Now, if a console player truly has what it takes to compete against tier-one pros, they have the opportunity to prove it by qualifying and placing in the cross-platform FNCS.

We’ll continue to cover the Season 5 FNCS and beyond, so stay tuned for everything else you need to know to watch or compete in all upcoming open Fortnite tournaments.

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Clix & Tarik Cohen win second straight Fortnite Streamer Bowl

The favorites going into the event, Clix, and Tarik Cohen bring home their second Fortnite Streamer Bowl wins. View the full results here.

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Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 winners

Clix, XacialT, and Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears won the Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2, giving Clix and Cohen their second straight win.

It should come as no surprise that one of the best players in the game, Clix, and his Duo partner from last year, Tarik Choen, only got better when they added a cracked community champion to their team.

The Trio of Tarik Cohen, Clix, and XacialT won the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2, giving the former two players their second-straight victory in the event.

Clix is one player who knows how to dominate in the current Fortnite meta. With so few mobility options, he and his team constantly secured high-ground and controlled the lobby. When they didn’t they looked to pick off less experienced players on the low-ground.

The rest of the standings didn’t play out as predictably as the winners of the event, with some underdogs rising to the occasion.

Streamer Bowl 2 results

The Streamer Bowl 2 was tightly contested, with some of the OGs of competitive Fortnite proving that they still have it. Scoped and The Long Shots tied with Washed Boomers, led by Scoped’s old Duo teammate and Fortnite legend, Tfue.

After Tfue was Nate Hill’s team, The Hills, followed by Sommerset’s Winterset and EmadGG’s GGs Only. As Tfue pointed out throughout the tournament, many of these young Fortnite pros were getting beat by a Minecraft speed-runner.

The results outside of the top five are as follows:

6. GGs Only: EmadGG, Lynn Bowden, Savixc
7. Chuggas Champs: Chap, James Daniels, prevalesfnbr
8. The Rumblers: StableRonaldo_, Avonte Maddox, Goriadfn
9. Beast Mode: Bugha, Kurt Benkert, dnspectfn
10. Living Legends: Prospering, Saquon Barkley, akaseek
11. Sparkles: sparkes_qt, Graham Glascow, norcalnugz
12. Team Losers: Loserfruit, Amani Oruwariye, crazyggs
13. Cactus Club: Zemie, Calvin Ridley, Nevify
14. Benchwarmers: Aircool, Keenan Allen, grimgnx
15. The Huckleberries: ops1x, Kenyan Drake, 32wanted
16. Loud Ones: Alixxa, Austin Ekeler, jaceimdone
17. Skull Rangers: Tocata, Malcolm Elmore, Zipknow
18. Steamy Stackers: NICKMERCS, Logan Wilson, aliens_fn
19. Three Amigos: Ewok, Kyle Van Noy, mojo1x
20. Time In: – Ninja, Corin Kaufusi, BeastAFK
21. Pew Pew Pews: LosPollosTV, Chase Claypool, CBearFN
22. Avocado Toast: Maddynf, Jonathan Abram, Nukey1x
23. Quack Attack: DuckyTheGamer, Dalton Schultz, Senexfn
24. Skull Troopers: SypherPK, Kyler Murray, Committedg
25. The Controllers: Aydan, Jarvis Landry, Toomzy
26. Eh Team: NickEh30, Trey Quinn, Dawnswrld
27. Block Party: Fresh, Justin Jefferson, Ritix
28. Absolute zeroes: elded, Eddie Vanderdoes, adanfnn
29. Team 2K: Reverse2K, Baker Mayfield, UlitimateGG_
30. Aniquiladores: JuanSGuarnizo, Rick Lovato, Code_cloutzzy

This was another entertaining event for Fortnite fans, and it didn’t go the way a lot of viewers predicted. Sure, Clix was the favorite going into the event after winning last year, but the top five probably didn’t look how you thought it would when the event ended.

We’re excited to see the Streamer Bowl 3 next year and more events like it. Invitational Fortnite tournaments are always inherently entertaining, as viewers get to see household names battle it out. Hopefully, we can get some more of these while we wait.

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How to watch the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 ft. Clix, Tfue, Ninja & more

The Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2 is kicking off tonight. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for the event.

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The Twitch Rivals Fortnite Streamer Bowl is almost here. Take a look at everything you need to know about how to watch the Streamer Bowl 2.

On February 4, the second annual Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl will kick off, pitting some of the best players in the world against NFL pros for $1 million in charity money.

Last year’s event was one of the most entertaining competitive Fortnite events we’ve ever seen, and this year promises to be more of the same.

Ahead, we’ll cover the format, teams, and how to watch the event.

Streamer 2 Bowl teams

The Streamer Bowl 2 will be a trios tournament, with each team comprised of one streamer/pro player, one NFL player, and one community champion who won their spot on the roster.

There are 30 total teams, which means only 90 players will be in the match rather than the traditional 100. Here’s a look at all of the teams battling for the $1 million in charity prizes.

  • The Shotties: Clix, Tarik Cohen, Xacial
  • Beast Mode: Bugha, Kurt Benkert, dnspectfn
  • The Rumblers: StableRonaldo_, Avonte Maddox, Goriadfn
  • The Long Shots: Scoped, Ju Ju Smith-Schuster, bounde_maxo
  • Skull Rangers: Tocata, Malcolm Elmore, Zipknow
  • Winterset: Sommerset, Jake Burt, axytal
  • Skull Troopers: SypherPK, Kyler Murray, Committedg
  • Team 2K: Reverse2K, Baker Mayfield, UlitimateGG_
  • The Hills: Nate Hill, Christian McCaffery, JonJon69
  • Benchwarmers: Aircool, Keenan Allen, grimgnx
  • Living Legends: Prospering, Saquon Barkley, akaseek
  • Block Party: Fresh, Justin Jefferson, Ritix
  • The Controllers: Aydan, Jarvis Landry, Toomzy
  • GGs Only: EmadGG, Lynn Bowden, Savixc
  • Pew Pew Pews: LosPollosTV, Chase Claypool, CBearFN
  • Eh Team: NickEh30, Trey Quinn, Dawnswrld
  • Loud Ones: Alixxa, Austin Ekeler, jaceimdone
  • Three Amigos: Ewok, Kyle Van Noy, mojo1x
  • Washed Boomers: Tfue, Aaron Jones, griffinmat
  • Time In: – Ninja, Corin Kaufusi, BeastAFK
  • The Huckleberries: ops1x, Kenyan Drake, 32wanted
  • Absolute zeroes: elded, Eddie Vanderdoes, adanfnn
  • Quack Attack: DuckyTheGamer, Dalton Schultz, Senexfn
  • Chuggas Champs: Chap, James Daniels, prevalesfnbr
  • Aniquiladores: JuanSGuarnizo, Rick Lovato, Code_cloutzzy
  • Cactus Club: Zemie, Calvin Ridley, Nevify
  • Team Losers: Loserfruit, Amani Oruwariye, crazyggs
  • Avocado Toast: Maddynf, Jonathan Abram, Nukey1x
  • Sparkles: sparkes_qt, Graham Glascow, norcalnugz
  • Steamy Stackers: NICKMERCS, Logan Wilson, aliens_fn
Clix wins Fortnite Sreamer bowl 1

How to watch the Fortnite Streamer Bowl 2

This is a Twitch Rivals event, so you’ll only be able to watch it on Twitch. The broadcast begins at 3 PM PST on February 4.

You can watch the perspective of any of the competitors, or watch the official broadcast on the Twitch Rivals channel, embedded below.

The first Fortnite Streamer Bowl was one of the most entertaining competitive Fortnite events of all-time. We had the biggest names in the game fighting it out – whether they were top-tier pros or content creators known for taking fall damage.

It will be the same thing this year, only in the trios format. We can’t wait to see the stacked end games and memorable moments the event generates.

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Guild sign two-time EU FNCS champ TaySon

Guild Esports have announced their latest Fortnite signing: two-time EU FNCS champion Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič.

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Guild TaySon

Growing esports organization, Guild, has announced a new signing in two-time EU FNCS champ Tai “TaySon” Starčič.

Guild esports continue to pad their EU Fortnite roster with another top-tier signing. On February 2, the organization announced that they were bringing on back-to-back EU FNCS champion Tai “TaySon” Starčič.

Although they’re new on the scene, Guild esports has quickly become a top contender in the EU Fortnite region. In only the past few months, the org has signed Flikk, Hen, Anas, and now TaySon.

At only 16 years old, TaySon has earned over $200,000 over the course of his Fortnite career, with most of those earnings coming recently. TaySon has back-to-back FNCS titles, including one in both Solos and Trios.

“2020 was a landmark year for Guild Esports and Fortnite, with our talented roster dominating the competition to make us the current number 1 Fortnite team in the EU,” Grant Rousseau, Guild’s Director of Esports, said.

“Signing TaySon shows that we have no plans to slow down in 2021 – we’re ready to take things to another level and cement our position as the Fortnite team to beat. We’re the squad to watch out for this year, and we’re ready for our rivals to try to catch us”.

““I’m really proud of how far I’ve come and to be ranked as the number one player in Europe – now I’m ready to take the next step with Guild,” TaySon added.

“I’m determined to make myself into an even better player with the help and support of my new team and bring home trophies for Guild. You’ll be seeing us take over the league tables again soon, so you better keep watching!”

TaySon will represent his new organization in the upcoming Season 5 FNCS along with the likely trio of MrSavage and iDrop. We’re excited to see what’s next for him.

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