'Fortnite' Tournaments pit controller against keyboard and mouse

Isaac Cain
October 18, 2018

Epic Games, developer of globally-popular battle royale title Fortnite, are suing two individuals who advertised and demonstrated cheating software through videos uploaded to their YouTube channels. Further, Epic Games hasn't suggested or hinted that the feature is even imminent.

The first "Fortnite" in-game tournament, which is open to players of all ages and skill levels, is set to begin October 16.

"Defendants are cheaters. Nobody likes a cheater", Epic Games said in its lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times, so you can plan ahead and be prepared. All players will begin with the same score and then compete to earn as many points as possible by eliminating opponents or achievement high placements. Some people just don't want to pay, can't afford them, or don't have many friends that are generous enough to gift in Fortnite in the first place!

As reported by Andy yesterday evening, in-game tournaments are open to everyone, and pit competitors on all platforms-and all types of control setups-against one another other "as equals". As you progress through a session, you'll be matched against players with similar scores, so matches should get harder the longer you stay in the running.

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Fortnite tournaments will support crossplay - in fact, you need to opt in to crossplay to participate.

While we'll have to wait until its available to see the kind of destruction the Quadcrasher can cause, we're betting that it's going to be very useful for ploughing through any structures that other players build. In the future, earning a pin may advance you to the next round of a tournament or qualify you to win prizes. Friday Night Fortnite is designed for squads. Epic confirmed the system Monday, and said the first tournament, a Solo competition, begins today and ends October 21.

In-Game Tournaments will be part of Fortnite update 6.10, which launches tomorrow (October 16).

1commentsFortnite is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices.

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