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How to watch Friday Fortnite feat. Juju-Smith Schuster, FaZe H1ghSky1, DrLupo and more – Stream, Schedule, and Brackets

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Friday Fortnite continues to dominate the intermission scene between the Online Opens and the World Cup Finals. July 12 features another wave of big celebrity names, pro players, and more fighting for $20,000.

Every event’s got its haters, but we’ve barely seen any negativity around the re-launch of Friday Fortnite. Keemstar’s tourney series has risen back to its former glory after FaZe Clan’s promise to help fund the events following the Tfue lawsuit. The tourney is now funded through other revenue.

Week 5 of Friday Fortnite’s return brings another blazing competition between pro players and celebrity guests. We expect the competition to be as ferocious and entertaining as ever! The event is hosted by Keemstar and run by UMG Events.

When does Friday Fortnite start?

UMG will be sticking to their usual schedule with Friday Fortnite as it has done well with drawing in humongous viewer numbers.

On July 12, Friday Fortnite will begin at 1PM PST/4PM EST. Judging from the past few weeks of action, you can expect the event to run for about 6-10 hours. The wide variance is natural in Fortnite events to due differing match lengths and downtime when setting up lobbies.

To watch the official gameplay of the event, you’ll want to head to the UMG Gaming Twitch channel:

Watch live video from UMGEvents on www.twitch.tv

Who is participating in Week 5 of Friday Fortnite?

The prodigal son returns – via FaZe Clan

Of course, many of Fortnite’s biggest professional players and influencers are joining the fray again this week. You’ll see Ninja, H1ghSky1, DrLupo, Kamo, HighDistortion, SypherPK, and the like battling it out once more.

In addition to these mainstays, celebrities often are invited to draw attention to the event as well. This week’s greatest special guest is none other than JuJu-Smith Schuster. He’s a wide receiver for the Steelers NFL team, an avid fan of Fortnite, and a member of FaZe Clan. He also attended the Summer Block Party Pro-Am.

You can check out the full roster of duos in UMG’s dynamic live bracket below. This bracket will be updated after every single match-up during the event. It’s an awesome way to follow the event if you can’t watch a stream due to IRL obligations.

What’s the format for Friday Fortnite?

Week 5 of Friday Fortnite starts on July 12

For those that have not watched Friday Fortnite in the past and mainly follow official Fortnite esports, you’re going to need a quick rundown of the format.

Instead of using the Fortnite World Cup ruleset set forth by Epic Games, Friday Fortnite follows the old Fortnite tourney ruleset. Kills are the only thing that matters in these matches.

Opposing duos will jump into a Squads lobby together and queue for a public match. The duos will then contend for kills throughout the match. The team with the most total kills after two matches wins the round and advances to the next match-up.

Additionally, Friday Fortnite is a double elimination tourney. If a team loses a round, they will be sent into the losers bracket to contend against other losing teams. If a team loses a second time, they’re out of the tournament. The system helps prevent any fluke victories/losses.

Due to duos playing on the same Squads team, strict rules have been put in place to prevent teams from ‘screwing over’ the opposition. The following are examples of disqualification worthy behavior:

  • Breaking other duo’s builds on purpose
  • Throwing Boogie Bombs at other duo (Instant ban from Friday Fortnite)
  • Throwing Stink Bombs into other duo
  • Shooting randomly to attract attention of enemies

UMG pays close attention to each match and has banned players from participating in the past. If you see any suspicious behavior, contact UMG immediately.

What’s the prize for winning Friday Fortnite?

Here comes the money!

While pros inherently love competition, prize pools are what draw in the big sharks. Friday Fortnite will offering the winners of the event $20,000 dollars, $10,000 per player.

Friday Fortnite is a winner-takes-all style tourney. If your favorites place second, that’s too bad for them. Of course, there’s always next week. Winners will be announced at the end of the July 12 stream once all matches have concluded.

If the competition remains as spicy as past weeks, we’ll be glued to our monitors from 4PM to 12AM. Then we’ll hop on Youtube to watch some replays. If you haven’t gotten a chance to spectate one of these weekly tourneys, you are missing out big time. Be sure to clear your schedule this afternoon!

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Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 start date and prize pool revealed 

Fortnite has announced the Champion Series (FNCS) for Chapter 3 Season 3 in which pros worldwide will compete for 3 million dollars.

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FNCS Chapter 3 Season 3

The Fortnite Champion Series is easily the most anticipated competitive event every season. In Chapter 3 Season 3, the likes of Bugha, Clix, and Arkhram, among others, will battle it out for a prize pool of 3 million dollars.

Epic Games has finally announced the FNCS for Chapter 3 Season 3. This time around, the logo seems to have a tropical theme that matches the ‘Vibin’ season. The meta has also changed significantly, and it will be interesting to see how some of the most talented esports athletes have adapted to it.

Everything to know about Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Chapter 3 Season 3

Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will begin on July 6 with 3 Qualifier rounds. The top five teams (Duos) from each round will directly advance to the FNCS Finals.

The qualifiers will take place till July 18 and the Semi-Finals will begin on July 21. As per Epic Games, the key to reaching the finals is Victory Royales and consistency. In the three Semi-Finals sessions, 6 Victory Royale winners and the top six consistent teams will move ahead.

The Finals will take place between August 12-14. There are two ways for a team to win the Fortnite Champion Series in Chapter 3 Season 3:

  • The first team to get three Victory Royales and earn 475 points will be declared the FNCS champion. This is called the Match Point.
  • If no team is able to acquire a Match Point at the end of 12 Finals matches, the duo with the highest points will win.

Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS prize pool distribution

The prize pool for the Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS is a whopping $3 million. However, it will be divided across several regions:

  • EU: $1,350,000
  • NAE: $690,000
  • BR: $240,000
  • NAW: $240,000
  • ASIA: $240,000
  • ME: $120,000
  • OCE: $120,000

The prize pool is different for each region, primarily because of Fortnite’s prominence there. It is evident that the viewership numbers in Europe are much higher than in the Middle East and Oceania.

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 2 rewards
Fortnite Champion Series in Chapter 3 Season 2 granted these rewards to viewers

It is worth noting that fans should be able to unlock some free cosmetics by watching the matches. New FNCS-themed cosmetics also arrive in the Item Shop.

All in all, it is safe to assume that the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will be more exciting than ever. A ton of new features and weapons have arrived recently, and even map changes have been quite frequent.

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Football star Mesut Ozil might turn pro in Fortnite following retirement

Based on his agent’s statements, it won’t be a surprise if we soon find former Arsenal player Mesut Ozil ‘Vibin’ as a Fortnite pro.

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Ozil might join Fortnite esports

After having a glorious run in Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Schalke 04, Mesut Ozil joined Fenerbahçe S.K. Reports claim that the footballer might take up esports as a career after retirement.

Mesut Ozil has nothing left to prove in the world of Football. He’s won several trophies over the years and is easily one of the best playmakers in the history of the sport. Ozil recently unfollowed Fenerbahce on his social media and seems to be all set for retirement.

The footballer has always been an avid gamer, and his manager claims that Ozil has the potential to become a Fortnite pro.

Mesut Ozil has a long history of playing Fortnite

Ozil’s admiration for Fortnite has never been a secret. He’s been streaming the game on Twitch for years and it has even been a matter of controversy on several occasions.

Back in 2020, fans of Arsenal accused Fortnite of causing Ozil’s back injury. They claimed that playing the battle royale title continuously with a bad posture affected his health.

Ozil's Instagram post about Fenerbahce
Ozil promised fans about staying in Fenerbahce but his actions tell a different story

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ozil’s manager stated:

“He will go more into esports, and maybe become an esports athlete. He’s really good at Fortnite, and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing”

The former Arsenal midfielder already owns an esports organization that competes in Fortnite and FIFA. He’s definitely had success as a streamer, but it is too early to assume if this will be the case with his esports career as well.

Several sports icons like David Beckham, Michael Jordan, Ronaldo, and Shaq have invested in Esports. It is evident that the industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and now is the perfect time to capitalize on it.

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How to jump off of a diving board in Fortnite Season 3

A Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 3 challenge requires players to jump off of a diving board and here’s a quick guide to completing it.

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Fortnite Dive Board

Fortnite players must search for a diving board and jump off of it this week. This will complete one of the latest Week 3 challenges and provide them with 15,000 XP.

Quests and challenges have always been the most reliable source of XP for Fortnite players. The developers release three Daily Quests every day and seven Weekly Quests every week.

Weekly quests for Week 3 of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 have arrived, and here’s a guide to completing the one based on jumping off a diving board.

Where to find Diving Boards in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3

To complete the Weekly quest, players first need to find one Diving Board. It is located near Rocky Reels and the exact location is marked (blue marker) in the image below:

Diving Board in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3
Location of Diving Board in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3

The diving board is placed on the top of a massive rock in the desert region south of Rocky Reels. It basically gives players a small push and they can dive into the river flowing underneath.

The quest requires you to jump off of a diving board three times, and they don’t need to be unique. This means that the challenge can be completed by jumping off of the aforementioned board repeatedly.

How to reach the diving board in Fortnite Season 3

Another thing to note is the accessibility of the diving board. There’s no way to reach the top of the massive boulder in Zero Build modes owing to the lack of ziplines. Jumping while sprinting might help but it is better to take on this challenge in modes with building enabled.

Obviously, players can directly land at the diving board near Rocky Reels in Zero Build modes but this will only allow them to jump off of it once.

All in all, completing the weekly challenge will grant players 15,000 XP. Seven new quests have been added this week and there will be an additional bonus for completing them. This implies that the total XP output will be over 200,000 which is equivalent to almost three levels in the Battle Pass.

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