Back in mid-May, Epic Games introduced the Solo Showdown limited time mode to Fortnite Battle Royale. It worked like normal Solo play, but with each match being scored based on match placement. A player's first 50 matches in Solo Showdown gave them an overall score that carried to the end of the event on May 21. The first place atop the leaderboards, a player named vRxthless, received 50,000 V-Bucks as a rewards, with the prizes lowering down to 7,000 V-Bucks for the 51st to 100th place entrants.
It offered something like a "ranked" mode for Fortnite Battle Royale, with leaderboards being posted and updated throughout the event. It was something the community had been looking for, because what's the point of a competitive game with no real winner?
Solo Showdown might be over, but Epic Games has tweaked the mode and brought it back as Blitz Showdown. The "blitz" refers to the fact that matches should be quicker since the storm circle now moves faster. The major changes are in scoring though. Instead of your first 50 matches determining your score, it's now your first 25 matches. Kills and match placement factor into your score in Blitz Showdown, as opposed to before. Eliminations factoring into the score should prevent the waiting and camping that categorized previous Showdown matches.
The rewards have been tweaked as well. First place at the end of the event on June 4, 2018 at 10AM ET will receive 20,000 V-Bucks. Second to fifth place gets 13,500 V-Bucks, and everyone else up to 100th place gets 7,500 V-Bucks. You can expect to see Showdown modes moving forward for Fortnite Battle Royale.
"Expect 'Showdown' Limited Time Modes to serve as a test of your survival talent. We’ll continue to make adjustments to future Showdown matches. Additionally, we’re looking to grow opportunities for all types of players to challenge their skills in their own way. We’ll be exploring different Showdown formats on a regular basis in the future," said Epic Games.
Players are happy about the idea of Showdown in general, but some issues remain. For one, Solo Showdown participants were supposed to receive a unique spray from finishing all 50 matches, but players have yet to receive their rewards. Some are also arguing that there should be separate leaderboards for PC, console, and mobile players. Everyone is simply lumped into a single leaderboard, which is fine given that matches aren't cross-platform, but those with problems argue that veterans on console have an easier time placing higher.
Regardless, Epic Games is moving forward with Fortnite Battle Royale's unique ranking mode. Perhaps eventually there will be some stabilization, but for the time being you should expect Blitz Showdown to be followed with something different.