Of all the competitive games, Fortnite is one of the most confusing puzzles. It started with invite-only tournaments and ended up generating the Fortnite World Cup, which featured a total prize pool of US$ 30 million. Fortnite has a group of players who usually talk about some feedbacks about the game. This involves a range of subjects, targeting assistance, prizes, tournament format, among other things. Epic Games reinvigorated life in competitive Fortnite during chapter 2 of season two. The developers started to listen to the community’s concerns and made adjustments when necessary.
With that, we classified a list of aspects that were positive for the game. In preparation it is clear for the next season of Chapter 2.
C4 Adjustment and Granade Removal
From the beginning, Chapter 2 of the second season looked bleak. The remote explosives, the C4, favored those carrying batteries of these powerful weapons. This attack typically led to a complete cleanup of the team, with almost no chance for the receiving team to react. Epic Games noted the concerns of players and reduced the size of the remote explosive pile to just one. Making them useless outside the initial fights of the game.
The same idea applies to grenades based on dependence on “swim stacking” at the beginning of the second season of the second season. For those who don’t know, swim stacking is the act of methodically launching several grenades, which, like remote explosives, often lead to a clean one. Destroying a team or player with just a grenade was discovered by the players themselves. With that, Epic Games deactivated grenades in all types of games. Fortunately, they never returned to competitive play, which created a much more balanced playing field.
One of the best revelations from Chapter 2, Season 2, came in the form of daily Duo Cups. These daily tournaments had a prize of just $ 750 to split between the two players. However, the amount of content and practice made it worthwhile. Epic Games awarded each region the same prize. Viewers were able to experience dominant performances in combos in eastern NA, such as Khanada and Unknown, as well as in European tandems, such as mitr0 and crr.
There would be a full list of players in the final ranking, but only a double would win the maximum prize. The competitive Fortnite team made a wise choice with the Daily Duo Cups. Fortunately, we will see more daily tournaments in the future.
Rework of scoring systems and Cash Cup
One point that generates a lot of contention in the Fortnite competition is the scoring system and tournament formats. For a while, eliminations were worth a point, with which many did not necessarily have problems mainly. But the scoring system has become standard in Fortnite. Assigning placement points between the top 15 and even the top 12 in some cases. DreamHack took a different approach. Awarded competitors’ placement points starting at the top 50 and five points per elimination. This DreamHack approach has led Epic Games to overhaul its scoring systems.
The scoring systems for Solo Cash Cups and the FNCS Invitational awarded four points for elimination and placing in the top 75. It would be a step in the right direction for Epic Games. The community continues to seek a balance between eliminations and placement. There is still room for improvement, but it is comforting to see a variety of scoring systems for the upcoming competitions.
Another major change occurred with the restructuring of the Cash Cup formats. Now, players need to participate in two rounds to win cash prizes. The scoring system and format adjustments show Epic Games’ commitment to at least make Fortnite competitive a little more competitive.
Multiple FNCS Events
One of the things Epic Games lacked was clarity. The FNCS squads ended in December 2019. Players and fans eagerly awaited the announcement of the next FNCS tournament or even another version of the Fortnite World Cup. And unfortunately, the wait lasted almost three months. For there yes, disclosure of the next great competitive tournament of Fortnite. To fill the gap, players lined up at many Cash Cups without a clear picture of what was to come.
In March 2020, on the 9th, Chapter 2 of FNCS Season 2 was announced. Critics realized that the tournament would present a separate prize for the console and the PC. So the players would have something to prepare for. The Fortnite Champion Series featured four qualifying weeks, a season finale and a total prize pool of US$ 5 million. The tournament came and went, with many other questions left behind.
Epic Games followed the FNCS Duos event with an announcement from FNCS Invitational on April 24, 2020. This revelation culminated in better communication between Epic Games and competitive competitors. They even added a pickaxe reward game for all FNCS champions.
Defined Competitive Roadmap
To provide some context, Epic Games has promised a clear picture of what to expect for Fortnite’s future competitive landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined many plans that Fortnite developers had in mind. However, on April 2, Epic Games released a detailed outline of what to expect in Fortnite’s competitive future.
This roadmap included seasonal FNCS tournaments, Cash Cups, support for third party events and hope for the return of the Fortnite World Cup in 2021. In a straight blog post, Epic Games took a heavy load off the shoulders of those who trust competitive Fortnite for cash prizes, content and organizational sponsors. Renowned e-sports brands were withdrawing from Fortnite, but the best players will remain for now. Players can rest assured that the developers have not given up on the game that spawned a US$ 30 million event almost a year ago. Hope exists for the future, and that is all anyone can ask for right now.