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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