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Fortnite World Cup winner Bugha reacts to winning two Esports Awards

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Fortnite World Cup Champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was able to add another couple of pieces of silverware to his ever-growing trophy cabinet at the Esports Awards.

While competitive Fortnite fans may have known Bugha prior to his success at the World Cup in the solos event, it was that win that helped propel him into the mainstream.

The 16-year-old appeared on late-night television shows to celebrate his victory, but he’s returned to playing Fortnite ever since the life-changing tournament.

There haven’t been any LAN events since the World Cup, but Bugha has been hard at work in the Fortnite Championship Series. Yet, he had to take a small break from the game to claim two awards celebrating his success.

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The popular Fortnite professional scooped up the Esports PC Player of the Year and PC Rookie of the Year at the prestigious Esports Awards on November 16, noting how “incredible” it was. 

Before thanking everyone for helping him reach his goal, the Sentinels player said: “This is an honor. Just to think, about a year ago I couldn’t even compete because of my age, to now receiving an award for it is incredible.” 

However, when he went back up to receive the second of his two awards on the night, it wasn’t as smooth sailing. 

After being wowed by his win, Bugha had to be reminded to pick the trophy up as he hilariously almost left it on the stage while walking away.

Seeing as many of his fans couldn’t be in the arena to celebrate with him there and then, the Fortnite star issued a thank you message once everything was said and done. 

“I just want to say thank you for all the support and for everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate it,” he said, with a smile plastered on his face. 

With nothing as major as the World Cup on the horizon, Bugha’s next aim will be grabbing success in the FNCS – but with such a stacked field, and it being a squad event rather than solo, he’ll need a little help from his friends.

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Fortnite FNCS Finals viewing guide: heats, schedule, format & more

Everything you need to know about the Fortnite Season 3 FNCS.

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The Fortnite Champion Series Qualifiers have wrapped up and we have our finalists. 400 players from NA-East, West, and EU will be competing to earn a piece of the hefty prize pool that has first place walking away with $80,000.

Ahead, we’ll give you all of the information you need including how to watch, the schedule, the format, Twitch Drops, and more.

Format

As most of you already know, this is a solo competition. The format for the finals will be the same as they were for all of the qualifiers. This tournament features evenly-distributed placement points along with a cap for 20 elmination points per match.

The FNCS tends to reward placement points over eliminations. Yes, getting five eliminations is the same as placing in the top 25, but you’re risking a lot when you push five of the best players in the game. It’s a lot safer to sit in a box, rotate, and hope for placement points.

We’ll see how all of this shakes out when the event begins. The finals are always a bit different than the qualifiers in terms of how people play. Here’s a complete look at the scoring format for the Season 3 FNCS finals.

Heats

There are four heats in each of the three major regions of NA East, NA West, and EU. Oceana, Asia, Brazil, and Middle East only have half of the competitors and half the number of heats.

With each heat in every region containing 100 players, it would be too much for us to list here. You can take a look at all of the heats on the official Fortnite website by clicking here.

Schedule & viewing guide

The schedule for the event similar across all three of the major regions, with some alterations to ensure that they overlap as infrequently as possible.

We don’t have the entire broadcast schedule right now, but we have to imagine that these won’t all be covered. If they were, the broadcasting team would be at it from 9 AM to 11PM EST Friday and Saturday with non-stop action.

We’ll update you when Epic announce the complete schedule, but we also have a Twitch stream embedded at the bottom of this section.

Europe

  • Heat 1: Friday 3-6 PM CEST
  • Heat 2: Friday 7-10 PM CEST
  • Heat 3: Saturday 3-6 PM CEST
  • Heat 4: Saturday 7-10 PM CEST
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 7-10 PM CEST

NA-East

  • Heat 1: Friday 1-4 PM EST
  • Heat 2: Friday 5-8 PM EST
  • Heat 3: Saturday 1-4 PM EST
  • Heat 4: Saturday 5-8 PM EST
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 5-8 PM EST

NA-West

  • Heat 1: Friday 1-4 PM PT
  • Heat 2: Friday 5-8 PM PT
  • Heat 3: Saturday 1-4 PM PT
  • Heat 4: Saturday 5-8 PM PT
  • Grand Finals: Sunday 5-8 PM PT

Twitch Drops

We mentioned this in our original viewing guide, but it bears repeating. All authorized streamers will be offering Twitch drops to their viewers. This means that viewers of the FNCS finals have a chance to earn an emote, spray, and back bling.

Epic made it very easy to apply for Twitch drops as a streamer, so nearly every player who streams the finals – or hosts a viewing party – should have Twitch Drops enabled.

To be eligible for the drops, you need to link your Epic and Twitch accounts. It’s very simple to do so, and you can get started by clicking here.

It’s important to note that you must have linked you Twitch and Epic accounts within the past six months to be eligible for drops. If you linked them more than six months ago, you should go back and do it again.

There you have it: everything you need to know about the Season 3 FNCS. It will be a jam-packed weekend for competitive Fortnite fans. We’ll be keeping you posted throughout the event, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Longtime Fortnite pro Saf signs with TSM

TSM announces their newest signing: Fortnite pro, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales.

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The Fortnite signings don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The past month has seen some of the biggest names in Fortnite scooped-up left and right. Luminosity had a massive signing day, Clix and Ronaldo signed to NRG, and Bucke, Clalc, and HazThaGreat signed with BBG.

Today, August 10, TSM announced the newest member of their team: former Ghost member, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales. The organization and Saf, himself, announced the signing with a Tweet and a video.

Saf joins ZexRow. Commandment, Reverse2k, and Mackwood on the competitive Fortnite TSM roster. TSM doesn’t have the largest roster in the game, but they have a collective of players who are always in the hunt to win any given tournament.

Unlike a lot of other pro players in the Fortnite community, Saf has been near the top for a long time. He and Zayt are one of – if not the – only duos left from the World Cup days, and both of them had been in the scene before that.

The continuous signings of Fortnite pros from tier-one organizations show that Fortnite – and the competitive scene – is alive and well. These organizations and players are in it for the long-haul. Fortnite isn’t going anywhere. Congrats to Safaroonie.

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Fortnite Season 3 FNCS Solos qualification results

The Fortnite Season 3 FNCS qualification round has ended. Take a look at who made it to the Solos Grand Finals.

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The final week of the Fortnite Season 3 Solo FNCS Qualification has ended. All of the participating players have qualified for Grand Finals (barring any disqualifications), so all that’s left is to look at the heats when Epic release them.

With the last qualification round in the book, let’s take a look at the final standings for the three most popular regions in the game: Europe, NA-East, and NA-West. All information was provided by Kinch Analytics, who collected all of the data from the FNCS qualifications.

FNCS European Qualifiers

The EU qualification bracket features many of the names that fans have come to expect. Mongraal, MrSavage, Benjyfishy, Teeq, and Th0masHD all finished inside of the top 16. Out of all of them, Mongraal placed the lowest at 16. The rest were all inside the top 10.

Benjyfishy had tumultuous qualification rounds, but ended up finishing in second in overall points after winning the second week of qualifiers. Here’s a look at the top 29 players in the EU region. You can take a look at all players who qualified from Kinch Analytics here.

Via: Kinch Analytics

FNCS NA-East Qualifiers

NA-East is the more popular of the two North American regions when if comes to professional Fortnite. Most of the household Fortnite names play in NA-East, and most fans consider it to be on par with EU as the most “stacked” region in Fortnite.

The top 25 in NA-East is littered with recognizable names. Bucke, Bugha, Clix, Khanada, Reverse2k, Stretch, and Nosh all made it into the top 25. Khanada ended up finishing first with Bugha – the reigning World Cup Solo champion – in third.

Other popular players such as Slackes, Assault, Blakeps, Edgey, Jamper, Dubs, and Riversan made it into the top 100. Cizlucky, Calc, Unknown, Scoped, Chap, AV, and many others also qualified for Grand Finals.

Via: Kinch Analytics

FNCS NA-West Qualifiers

In the NA-West bracket, two of the best players in the region showed-out, once again. EpikWhale and Arkham came in second and third after all of the qualification points were tallied – behind Maken in first.

The NA-West region is home to some of the most consistent performers in the game, so it will be interesting to see how it shakes-up in the Grand Finals.

Via: Kinch Analytics

The Grand Finals of the Season 3 FNCS kick off this weekend, August 14 through the 16. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes, and will have the results for you as soon as the event ends.

You can watch the Grand Finals on the official Fortnite YouTube and Twitch channels – or through any participating streamer. Make sure to have your Twitch and Epic accounts linked for a chance to earn free Twitch drops – just for watching the FNCS.

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