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ESL hosting $600,000 Fortnite Katowice event featuring FaZe, Liquid and more

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ESL and Epic Games have officially announced the ESL Katowice Royale, two Fortnite tournaments held at the Intel Extreme Masters Expo event featuring a total $600,000 prize pool.

The ESL Katowice Royale will be split into two Duos tournaments, one featuring local players and second in March that will see some of the biggest names in Fortnite descend on Poland to take part in the massive competition.

The first tournament, which is set for February 23 and 24,  will be exclusive to Polish players and will see a huge $100,000 on the line as the top 100 Polish players go head-to-head in an attempt to claim some of the money.

Then, from March 1-3, 100 Fortnite influencers will hop into the Battle Bus as they try to get their hands on a share of the massive $500,000 prize pool available to them.

Tfue and Cloak won Fortnite’s Fall Skirmish, and will be in attendence in Katowice. Credit: Epic Games.

Alongside the tournaments, Fortnite fans in attendance at the IEM Expo will also be able to test their skills at a special play area, which will hold 100 PCs and 100 PlayStation 4 consoles, with every participant eligible to win prizes worth more than $50,000.

This is the first time that Fortnite will appear at the legendary ESL event, best known for the huge Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that takes place in Katowice every year.

Sebastian Weishaar, Chief Product Officer at ESL stated: “ESL Katowice Royale – Featuring Fortnite will be our first international Fortnite competition and we couldn’t be more excited. Fans from all over the world know our Katowice event and bringing Fortnite as one of the world’s largest games to them feels like a great fit!”

“Fortnite is a global game, and there are amazing amazing, passionate players all around the globe,” added Epic Games Esports Manager Rob Hudson. “Partnering with ESL in Katowice gives us the chance to showcase some of these incredible international competitors.”

Epic Games and ESL have already announced almost half the pairings set to play in the Katowice Royale, including huge names like Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Thomas ‘72hrs’ Mulligan and Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore. Further details and more particpating influencers will be announced in the next few weeks.  You can see the current list of confirmed players below.

Confirmed ESL Katowice Royale players

  • 72hrs & Chap
  • 7ssk7 & Jamside
  • Bizzle & Dmo
  • Boyerxd & Crippa
  • Dementos & Fwexy
  • Hoopek & Sk1x
  • Issa & Kamo
  • Kinstaar & Hunter
  • Magin & Juganza
  • Mirwanda & Inclyde
  • Mitr0 & Khuna
  • Motor & ErycTriceps
  • Nate Hill & FunkBomb
  • RazZzero0o & x8
  • Saf & Zayt
  • Sak0ner & Skram
  • Skite & Vato
  • Taiovsky & Nero
  • Teeqzy & Mushway
  • Tfue & Cloak
  • TheVic & Blaxou
  • Vivid & Poach
  • ZexRow & Vinny1x

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When Fortnite Season 7 ends and Season 8 starts

Fortnite Season 7 has just begun, but some players are wondering when it will end. Here is when Season 7 ends and Season 8 starts.

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Fortnite Season 7 is here, but fans are already wondering when does Season 8 start. Here’s everything we know so far.

Leading up to the launch of Season 7, Epic Games went all out to hype up the launch of the new season. Mysterious DVDs followed by various ARG puzzles kept fans hungry for more. If real world events weren’t enough, players randomly started to get abducted by aliens during matches.

However, Sci-fi and aliens may not be your cup of tea. Sure, the hype for Season 7 Epic Games has attempted to build has been unreal, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It’s also early in the season, so it could improve over time. Regardless, some players may have already written off this season as another boring one.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

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Fortnite Season 7 start date

Fortnite Season 7 is scheduled to take place until September 12, 2021 meaning Fortnite Season 8 will likely begin on September 13. This isn’t a confirmed start date as Fortnite has taken multiple days in-between season in the past. However, Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between.

There’s always a chance that seasons get delayed and extended. This has happened a number of times during Chapter 2, especially when gearing up for a more ambitious season. We’ll update this article if the Fortnite Season 8 start date changes. But the last patch planned for Season 7 is Fortnite v17.50. This means that the season will likely end a week or two after the last patch.

As for a live event to close Season 7, it’s too soon to tell. Season 6 didn’t have a live event, but it’d be hard to see Season 7 not having one. It seems as if Epic Games is going all out this season, and an epic finale would be the perfect way to top it all off. Regardless, fans can expect to see Fortnite Season 8 start sometime in September.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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