Epic Games announced that, during the year 2021, it will set a prize pool of $20 million for its Fortnite competitive matches. The company claims that its “overall objective is to create better consistency throughout the year and tie the 2021 seasons together for a more cohesive experience” with a goal of 20 million.
During the headliner Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) and several other tournaments, the $20 million prize pool will be offered, which is $3 million more, compared to $17 million in 2020. It falls short of the $30 million 2019 prize pool, however. The company also announced that it will introduce some format tweaks to the FNCS tournament based on players for 2021.
FNCS 2021 will have four seasons with a prize pool of $3 million each, the company has said. During the yet-to-be-determined tournament, the rest of the $8 million prize pool will be offered.The first season of FNCS 2021 will kick off with qualifiers on Feb 4, and the finals will start on March 12. The company will reveal information about the matches close to the start date. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all this year’s Fortnite tournaments will take place online, with no on-ground events.
“We also have plans for mid and end of year competitions where we will bring together in multiple competitive formats the top-performing FNCS players in each region,” said Epic Games in a statement.
In other news, 23 different football teams, including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and more, have partnered with Epic Games. Inside Fortnite, all of these teams will be featured, with players participating in the in-game Pele Cup.