Epic’s grand plans for competitive Fortnite never really took off following the first World Cup in 2019. But the scene could be getting a boost very soon with the first major in-person tournament in several years.
The FNCS Invitational 2022 will be taking place in November at the Raleigh Convention Center and will feature some of the best players in the world fighting it out for a share of a $1 million prize pool. It’s a far cry from the massive $30 million pool from the original World Cup, which took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, but it does at least signal a renewed effort on Epic’s part. Whether that continues into 2023, of course, remains to be seen. (The tournament also comes at a very busy time in the esports world, kicking off not long after the League of Legends World Championship wraps up.)
But if you’re looking to get back into Fortnite esports, it’s a good chance to see some high-level competition — and at the very least, you can earn some in-game gear just from watching.
How the tournament will work
FNCS Invitational 2022 will be a duos competition and will span 12 matches across two days; that means six matches will be played each day. Players will earn points for their placement in each match — starting at 32 points for a win, all the way down to just four points for finishing between 31st and 35th — along with an additional two points for every in-game kill. The points are then added up at the end to determine a winner. The top three duos will earn $200,000, $140,000, and $120,000, respectively.
How to watch
The competition will take place on November 12th and 13th, with broadcasts kicking off at 2:30PM ET each day. And it’ll be streaming on a huge number of platforms: Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and the Fortnite site. You’ll also be able to watch the tournament from within Fortnite itself; Epic has built a new Creative map called Legends Landing where you can put on your best Fortnite skin and follow along. Those who watch in-game or who watch streams with drops enabled (and have their Epic and Twitch / YouTube accounts linked) can also earn three FNCS in-game cosmetics.