Fortnite Goes Hunger Games With 50,000 V-Bucks Grand Prize in New Limited Event

Fortnite Goes Hunger Games With 50,000 V-Bucks Grand Prize in New Limited Event

Let the games begin.

Fortnite announced today a new limited time mode, but it's a little different than previous events. Instead of changing up the rules for some crazy match type, the new Solo Showdown mode will have exactly the same rules, but will instead rank players based on wins and performance. By the end of the event, the first place player will win 50,000 V-Bucks.

Basically, the Solo Showdown Limited Time Mode is an unaltered Solo mode competition that pits you against other players to see who's the best Solo player. The mode will track your performance and determine the rewards you'll receive by the end of the event. The top 100 players will be awarded a prize for the best standing at the end of the mode, with the first place winner getting 50,000 V-Bucks (1,000 V-Bucks are sold in a bundle for $9.99).

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Just know that only your first 50 matches in the Solo Showdown and that you'll need to play 50 Solo Showdown Limited Time Events to qualify for a prize. Here's a breakdown of the rewards for players:

  • 1st Place: 50,000 V-Bucks
  • 2nd Place - 4th Place: 25,000 V-Bucks
  • 5th - 50th Place: 13,500 V-Bucks
  • 51st - 100th Place: 7,500 V-Bucks

How to Enter

The event goes live starting today May 17 at 7 AM PT/10 AM ET and will run until May 21 at 7 AM PT/10 AM ET. Within that time players will need to play 50 Solo Showdown matches in order to have their scores tallied towards the prize.

This is pretty different from Epic's previous limited time events which basically changed an in-game rule to allow for a crazy unique ruleset like 50 vs 50. This is an actual contest with prizes and as such, there are some actual legal stipulations regarding who can actually win prizes. For instance, eligible contestants need to be 16 years old or older. Epic published a full set of rules here, but this is a departure to say the least.

There could also be some risk involved. Fortnite already has a problem with online scammers phishing players with the promise of free V-Bucks. Since V-Bucks can be redeemed for items, skins, and the seasonal battle pass so they're quite valuable, and people will do anything to get them.

If you're feeling lucky though, try your hand at the grand prize. You can check out our Fortnite guide for tips and strategies, but this contest seems geared towards hardcore players.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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