Fortnite’s latest update, v.6.10, will introduce in-game tournaments that will allow you and your squad to compete against some of the game’s best. In-game tournaments will be open to all and found under the ‘Events’ tab, you just need to opt-in to cross-play to compete against Fortnite pros for “prizes and glory.”
Cross-play means that no matter which platform you are on and – in this case – which input method you are using, all players will play together. Yes, that means if you are playing on your phones, you could be matched with PC players using a mouse or keyboard. However, Epic has been quick to remind us that some of the best players in the world can still perform well using a controller.
What you need to know:
Tournaments will run according to scheduled dates and times, with each one representing a fresh opportunity to make a name for yourself in the competitive Fortnite scene. Lasting several hours, competing players will earn points based on their standings in each match, and how many eliminations that get.
Matchmaking works according to your performance. If you and your squad are dominating, you’ll be matched with players scoring similarly to you. If you’re sucking, you’ll be matched with players who are likewise struggling.
Each tournament will have a target score. Reach the score and you’ll be awarded a pin that may influence advancement into future tournaments, or make you qualify for certain prizes.
But it doesn’t stop there. Epic is going to continue developing tournaments over the next few months, with pins being used in progressive tournaments that must require players to earn the pin to progress to the next round. They promise additional modes and scoring formats in the future too.
And the most exciting part? Later this year, all Fortnite players will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup through a ‘Showdown Royale’ event that will run through these new in-game tournaments. Pretty sick.
So far, the following schedule has been posted:
Alpha Tournament (Solo)
Dates: October 16 – October 21
Description: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
Beta Tournament (Duo)
Dates: October 23 – October 25
Description: Grab a friend and take on the world – until you are the last two left.
Friday Night Fortnite (Squad)
Dates: October 19 – November 30
Description: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
Salty Springs Cup (Solo)
Dates: October 27 – October 31
Description: One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
Tomato Temple Cup (Duo)
Dates: October 28 – November 1
Description: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.
Specific times for Australia will be labelled on the events as the update rolls through and adds the tournaments to the ‘Events’ tab. Once we have them, we’ll update you.