Epic Games has announced details for the 2021 Fortnite Champion Series. The competition series will move to a Trios format (three-person teams) for the entirety of 2021 and will feature a $20M USD prize pool. This is an increase of $3M over the 2020 season.
Additional adjustments to the competition format have been made including making the entire event cross-platform, adding a round to the Weekly Qualifiers, and preventing previously-qualified teams from participating in additional qualifiers.
Epic has also shifted the full prize pool for the FNCS to the Finals events, rather than distributing portions of the purse throughout qualifiers and other stages of competition. The prize pool will be distributed throughout the year across various competitions, with $12M divided equally between four FNCS season finals. The remaining $8M will be awarded in additional competitions to be detailed at a later date.
The prize money will also be distributed across seven regions (Europe, North America East, North America West, Brazil, Asia, Middle East, Oceania) as Epic previously announced its competitions would take place entirely online this year.
Last week, a number of Fortnite pros raised concerns about a reduction in prize money for Cash Cup events and the total number of tournaments for the year. Epic recently announced that there would once again be no Fortnite World Cup this year, making the FNCS likely the largest source of prize money in the Fortnite ecosystem in 2021.
Check out Epic’s blog post for more information.
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