Epic Games has released fully detailed rules for the upcoming Fortnite Champion Series for Season X including prizing, formats, and schedules.
At the Fortnite World Cup Finals, Epic Games teased the competitive community with a sneak peek of the future. The Fortnite Champion Series was announced with limited details and promise of making each match matter.
Now, the studio has released a massive ruleset for the Champion Series which details absolutely everything about the upcoming tournaments. Time to dive in and see what Epic’s been up to on the esports side of things.
Fortnite Champions Series General Rules
Epic posted the rules on the official Fortnite site in the their usual fashion. It begins with simple legal information about the admittance of competitors, enforcement of rules, fair play, and Epic’s rights to amend the rules whenever they please. Pretty straight forward stuff.
Then we start getting to the good stuff. The post reiterates the Season X Arena ranking system. The Hype points spread and amount of ‘Leagues’ was changed to expand competitive readiness and allow for bigger gaps between player skill levels.
- Open League – Division I – 0-499 Hype
- Open League – Division II – 500-999 Hype
- Open League – Division II – 1000-1499 Hype
- Open League – Division IV – 1500-1999 Hype
- Contender League – Division I – 2000-2999 Hype
- Contender League – Division II – 3000-4499 Hype
- Contender League – Division II – 4500-6499 Hype
- Champion League – Division I – 6500-9999 Hype
- Champion League – Division II – 10000-13999 Hype
- Champion League – Division III – 14000+ Hype
After this, the document continues with breakdowns of competition definitions for legal purposes.
Fortnite Champion Series Schedule
The Fortnite Champion Series, according to the post, will be a weekly event played over the course of two days.
Instead of the typical two-tiered event system featuring a open tourney & a Finals, Epic has opted in for a triple-tiered tournament format. Details on the format come later in the blog.
The current schedule for the weekly tournaments is as follows (times will be listed in-game at a future date):
- Week 1 – August 17/18
- Week 2 – August 24/25
- Week 3 – August 31/September 1
- Week 4 – September 7/8
- Week 5 – September 14/15
Fortnite Champion Series will also features a Finals event that will be played after the conclusion of the main series events.
- Heat 1 Group Stage – September 20
- Heat 2 Group Stage – September 20
- Heat 3 Group Stage – September 21 (NAE, NAW, EU, BR only)
- Heat 4 Group Stage – September 21 (NAE, NAW, EU, BR only)
- Champion Series Grand Finals – September 22
Fortnite Champion Series Format & Scoring
In order to play in the Champion Series, you must reach Champion League – Division I or higher. The playlist will remain locked until you do so. The entirety of the Series is a Trios event.
The formats for gameplay are different depending on whether you are playing in the weekly events or the Season Finals.
Weekly Round Gameplay Format
This format will be familar to anybody who played or watched the Online Opens leading to the World Cup Finals. Epic is using the same exact system here.
Players will have a 3 hour window to player a maximum of 10 games. This system unfortunately led to problems as teams could not finish all games in time. We expect the same issues to persist going forward.
Round 1 through 3 each week are all played in this manner. Advancement between rounds in based on the Series Points laid out by Epic Games.
- Round 1 to Round 2 – Top 1000 (EU, NAE, NAW, BR), Top 500 (Asia, ME, OCE)
- Round 2 to Round 3 – Top 150 (All Regions)
Trios will earn Series Points based upon their final placement after the weekly tourney is concluded.
|1st Place||500 Series Points|
|2nd Place||450 Series Points|
|3rd Place||400 Series Points|
|4th Place||375 Series Points|
|5th Place||350 Series Points|
|6th Place||300 Series Points|
|7th Place||275 Series Points|
|8th Place||250 Series Points|
|9th Place||225 Series Points|
|10th Place||200 Series Points|
|11th-25th Place||175 Series Points|
|26th-50th Place||150 Series Points|
|51st-100th Place||125 Series Points|
|101st-150th Place||100 Series Points|
|151st-500th Place||75 Series Points|
|501st-1000th Place||50 Series Points|
|1001st-2000th Place||40 Series Points|
|2001st-3000th Place||30 Series Points|
|3001st-5000th Place||20 Series Points|
|5001st-10000th Place||10 Series Points|
|10001st-25000th Place||5 Series Points|
|25001st-50000th Place||3 Series Points|
|50001st-100000th Place||1 Series Points|
Season Finals Group Stage Format
Teams can move onto the Season Finals Group Stages by placing well within the Series Points leaders. Top teams from each week as well as teams with high cumulative Series point can win entry.
The Group Stage ‘heats’ feature a different ruleset. Teams will have 3 hour window again, but scheduled matches start once every 30 minutes. Players can only play maximum of SIX matches.
NAE, NAW, EU, and BR
- Week 1: Top 8 teams in each region
- Week 2: Top 8 teams in each region
- Week 3: Top 8 teams in each region
- Week 4: Top 8 teams in each region
- Week 5: Top 8 teams in each region
- Cumulative Series Points: Top 92 teams in each region, not already qualified.
TOTAL: 132 teams
Asia, OCE, and ME
- Week 1: Top 4 teams in each region
- Week 2: Top 4 teams in each region
- Week 3: Top 4 teams in each region
- Week 4: Top 4 teams in each region
- Week 5: Top 4 teams in each region
- Cumulative Series Points: Top 46 teams in each region, not already qualified.
TOTAL: 66 teams
Champion Series Grand Finals
In order to qualify for the Grand Finals (which have the same gameplay format as the Group Stages), teams will have to place well within a heat. No cumulative points here!
Europe, NAE, NAW, and BR
- Heat 1: 8 teams in each region
- Heat 2: 8 teams in each region
- Heat 3: 8 teams in each region
- Heat 4: 8 teams in each region
TOTAL: 32 teams in each region
Asia, OCE, and Middle East
- Heat 1: 16 teams in each region
- Heat 2: 16 teams in each region
TOTAL: 32 teams in each region
Fortnite Champion Series Prizing
Epic Games also fully detailed the prizing of the overall competition. Each region has its own prize pool and differing amounts given to each winner. 132nd place in the lowest place to receive prize money.
Epic Game ends the blog post with a long text of legal assurances and descriptions to help players with payment in case they win. You can view the entirety of the text on the official Fortnite website: Champion Series Season X Official Rules.
The system looks legitimately interesting and we’re exciting to see how well the Champion Series will play out. While we are concerned due to the BRUTE and other ever-changing features, Epic Games seems to have a want to push Fortnite esports into the next stage.