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All Fortnite Competitive 2020 Tournaments to be Purely Online due to Coronavirus

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Epic Games have announced that all Fortnite competitions and tournaments in 2020 will now be held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes via the Fortnite Competitive official Twitter account, stating the following.


“Last month we said we would provide our evolving 2020 competitive roadmap. Today we wanted to provide updates on where we’re at with plans in 2020!

Physical Events – For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online. Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.

We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events will be practical, but we’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021. In the meantime we have more info about online events with FNCS, Cash Cups, 3rd Party Events and Broadcasts.

#FNCS – Will be returning each season for the rest of 2020. Players around the globe will have the opportunity to prove they’re the best. We will iterate on formats to improve player experiences.

Cash Cups – We’re ensuring players can hop into competitive matches with cash prizes on a routine basis. We’ve been iterating on how players earn points, as well as the structure of the tournaments. Two-step Cash Cups will qualify a top group of players into a final lobby.

3rd Party Events – We continue to work with 3rd parties to provide more experiences for players. All events must be held online only until further notice. Please see the Terms and Style Guide in the link to host an event –
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Broadcasts – We’ve heard the feedback. We are bringing back official broadcasts starting with the FNCS Invitational this weekend! Tune in for all of the action and more competitive news.

Week 1 Broadcast starts at 1PM ET Saturday

https://fn.gg/Twitch
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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19 officially, or Chinese Flu to others) has affected many worldwide, from businesses to public gatherings and events.

This includes postponements of GDC, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the physical event for EVO 2020, and cancellations E3 2020 (including digital events), the physical event for Gamescom 2020, and Comiket 98.

We also reported on physical versions of The Wonderful 101: Remastered being delayed (including for Kickstarter backers), along with the rumor that Nintendo would cancel their June Nintendo Direct.

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering are mapping the virus’ spread [12]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 3.321 million total confirmed cases worldwide, and over 2.041 million active cases. There have been over 237,000 deaths, however over 1.043 million people have made a “total recovery.”

Fortnite is available on Windows PC, Mac (both via the Epic Games Store), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.

Image: Twitter

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