been a long road for competitive Fortnite, starting back at E3 last year and going through no small number of growing pains along the way. But Epic Games and the pro community are about to head to the biggest stage yet for one of the biggest games in the world: the Fortnite World Cup online opens begin today, April 13. And with that, we’ll start our way to the finals and a $30,000,000 prize pool. Here’s what you need to know.
On a technical level, you could say that the qualifying rounds have already started. That’s because Arena mode has already been running for a couple of weeks now, and that’s the first step for anyone who wants to compete in the World Cup. So if you want to compete, you need to attain Champion League in Arena mode for solos. Without that, you’re relegated to watching or to grinding out your Arena rank to try and earn your spot in next weekend’s online opens.
Eligible players will compete in solo matches during 3-hour windows on Saturday in their respective regions. Region-locking will be active for this, so here’s when each region will compete:
- Europe – 4PM – 7PM GMT
- North America West – 4PM – 7PM PST
- North America East – 4PM – 7PM EST
- Brazil – 4PM – 7PM BRT
- Oceana – 4PM – 7PM AET
- Asia – 4PM – 7PM JST
Players will be able to play a maximum of 10 matches during that time, and they’ll earn points based on their performance. The aim here is just to advance: the top 3000 players will move on to finals on Sundays, where the top players from each region will earn their spot in the finals–the top global players will also get cash prizes.
Epic v buck generator will be holding these events for five weekends until the finals in New York, where players will compete for the top prizes.
Chances are you won’t be competing in the online opens, which is fine! The vast majority of human beings will not. If you want to check out the action, however, the best place to do it will be the official Fortnite Twitch channel,which will in all likelihood be streaming highlights. Or, if you want, you can follow your favorite streamer: most of the big players will certainly have qualified, though most will play with delays to avoid stream sniping.