Fortnite's New In-Game Tournaments Don't Separate Keyboard and Mouse, Controller, and Touch Players

Fortnite's New In-Game Tournaments Don't Separate Keyboard and Mouse, Controller, and Touch Players

Epic wants to be able to shine a light on the best players, all competing against each other.

In-Game Tournaments are coming to Fortnite Battle Royale today, alongside the V6.10 Update. You'll be able to find these new tournaments inside the 'Events' section of Fortnite Battle Royale, and they will be open to all players, across all platforms, as long as they've opted in for crossplay.

Epic wants everyone to compete in the same competition, no matter their system or control method, so Mouse and Keyboard players will be facing off against Touch Screen players. Epic reckons that controller players have shown themselves to be competitive against Keyboard and Mouse players during the Fortnite Skirmish tournaments. That might be true for pros, but for the average person, I'm not so sure. It's worth noting that Microsoft is starting to roll out Keyboard and Mouse support on Xbox One, so that feature might give Xbox One players a better shot at competing.

Epic has detailed how Fortnite tournaments will work on the Fortnite website, including the initial batch of competitions. All players will begin with the same score (everything is reset at the start of each event) and then compete over a number of hours to earn as many points as possible. These points can be earned by high placements or by taking out multiple opponents.

Players will be matchmaked against those with similar points, so you should be playing with similarly skilled opponents, and then work your way up to higher skill matches if you perform well or lower skill matches if you're struggling. Each tournament will have a target score that players will be working towards achieving, and doing so will grant them a pin. This pin may then give players access to the next round of a tournament or win them prizes.

Initial Fortnite Battle Royale Tournament Schedule

The following tournaments will be scheduled in NA, EU, BR, ASIA, and OCE regions. Start times depend on region.

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo) - October 16 - October 21: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
  • Beta Tournament (Duo) - October 23 - October 25: Grab a friend and take on the world - until you are the last two left.
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad) - October 19 - November 30: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo) - October 27 - October 31: One week and three attempts to prove you're the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo) - October 28 - November 1: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.

Epic will continue to monitor and expand the tournament system following launch. Later in 2018 players will have the chance to qualify for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup via the Showdown Royale event that will be hosted using the tournament system.

Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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