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Official Fortnite Champion Series Season 10 Format, Schedule, & Prizing announced

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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

Official FCS art – via Epic Games

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

Will Epic Games truly keep the BRUTE in play?

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

Trios Only!

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 Place500 Series Points
2nd Place450 Series Points
3rd Place400 Series Points
4th Place375 Series Points
5th Place350 Series Points
6th Place 300 Series Points
7th Place275 Series Points
8th Place250 Series Points
9th Place225 Series Points
10th Place200 Series Points
11th-25th Place175 Series Points
26th-50th Place150 Series Points
51st-100th Place125 Series Points
101st-150th Place100 Series Points
151st-500th Place75 Series Points
501st-1000th Place50 Series Points
1001st-2000th Place40 Series Points
2001st-3000th Place30 Series Points
3001st-5000th Place20 Series Points
5001st-10000th Place10 Series Points
10001st-25000th Place5 Series Points
25001st-50000th Place3 Series Points
50001st-100000th Place1 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.

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Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items

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A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.

Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.

Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.

Leaked 14.20 Skins

Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.

There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.

Fortnite fans have four new skins to enjoy. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Back Bling

With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.

There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.

Rocket League arrives as part of the 14.20 cosmetics. Crredit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Emotes

There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.

Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.

BTS fans will have some special emotes for their upcoming event. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders

Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.

There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.

Victoria Saint’s stake will be perfect for hunting vampires. Credit: Lucas7yoshi
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Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM

Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine

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Wolverine standing in front of Stark Industries

Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.

Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.

Wolverine Arrives

Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.

Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”

Takeover LTM

Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.

As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.

New Storm Hero Ability

Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.

You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.

It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.

The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.

Battle Royale

  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island missing.
  • Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.

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Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?

Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?

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News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.

Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.

Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.

So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.

Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.

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