Friday Fortnite returned with a bang over a month ago and the hype hasn’t died down since. The greatest professional players are set to clash once again on July 5 at 4:00 PM EST.
Keemstar’s Friday Fortnite tourney lit its fire once more when FaZe Clan promised to fund the return of the event. Since Week 1, hundreds of players have battled for tens of thousands in prize money and glory.
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When does Friday Fortnite start?
The event follows a similar schedule to previous weeks and uses the same tools to help you follow along.
Friday Fortnite for July 5th, 2019 begins at 1PM PST/4PM EST. If the past few weeks are any proof, the tournament will run anywhere from 6 to 10 hours. This might seem like a long time, but you’ve got to take all the downtime in between games into account.
To watch the stream of the event as it plays out, you’ll want to tune into the UMG Events Twitch channel.
Who is participating in this week’s Friday Fortnite?
If you are going to watch any single week of Friday Fortnite, make this the one. The roster of competition currently shows an immense lineup of talented players. While celebrity picks may bring in some additional views, powerhouses like Kamo, Ninja, Myth, H1ghSky1, and Benjyfishy bring in the ferocity of professional competition.
You can check out the full list of teams in UMG’s interactive Challonge bracket. This bracket will be updated live throughout Friday Fortnite. If you can’t make it for the stream, we highly recommend keeping a tab open with for live results.
What’s Friday Fortnite’s gameplay format?
If you’re hopping into a Friday Fortnite stream after watching World Cup Qualifier content, you’d be forgiven for being confused. Friday Fortnite does not follow the same format and rules of the official Fortnite esports ruleset.
Instead, the tourney uses the same format that was used during the early days of competitive Fortnite.
Each round will feature two teams getting into a Sqauds lobby together. They will compete for kills and only kills. Placement does not directly matter in a Friday Fortnite match. The games are played in public Fortnite Battle Royale lobbies.
Two matches are played per round and whichever team has a higher total number of kills wins the round.
As seen in the bracket posted above, Friday Fortnite is a double elimination tourney. If a team loses a round, they get one more chance by making a run through the losers bracket.
Due to players playing on the same “team” in Squads, duos are not allowed to harm or mess with the other duo. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Throwing Stinks Bombs to obscure vision
- Breaking builds
- Throwing Boogie Bombs at other duo (Instant Ban/Disqualification)
- Shooting randomly to attract players
UMG doesn’t screw around with these rules and teams have been kicked in the past for attempting to cheat. Teams have to be careful when using certain items or risk the banhammer.
What’s the current prize pool for Friday Fortnite?
Friday Fortnite continues to put up big prize money, attracting professional players and celebrity guests. Previous weeks have seen additional rewards for viewers as well.
The winning duo of Friday Fortnite will receive $20,000 dollars in prize money…that’s pretty good for a night of gaming. Of course, this isn’t your average casual run of Fortnite when you are fighting against several of the top earning pros of all time.
Winners will be announced on stream after the conclusion of all matches. Be prepared for a long night of amazing shooter action. The last couple of weeks have debatably been the best in Fortnite esports history. We’re absolutely loving the streams and highlights and we hope it never ends. We’ll see you in the chat!