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Fortnite World Cup: How Does It Work?

Laura Byrne  | 
Online open qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup will begin on April 13.

Online open qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup will begin on April 13.

Epic Games have unveiled the full format for the Fortnite World Cup which sees the first week of Online Opens begin on April 13.

The first week will begin with Solo competition, with the following week then featuring the Duos tournaments. The tournament will then alternate back and forth with Solos and Duos for the entire 10 weeks of Online Open play.

To take part in the World Cup players will need to unlock access to the Online Open tournaments. Players can achieve this by competing on the brand new Arena Game Mode that was released in patch V8.20 this week.

To qualify in the Duos competitions, players are only allowed to pair with one Duos partner during each weekend of Online Open tournaments, however, players can switch Duos partners from week to week.

Online Opens

Online Open Semi-Finals (Saturdays)

Every Saturday, players who have unlocked the Online Open will have a designated three-hour window of time to play in up to ten matches and earn as many points as possible. At the end of the three-hour window, the top 3,000 players in each server region will advance to the Online Open Finals on the following day.

$1,000,000 Online Open Finals (Sundays)

The top 3,000 qualified players’ scores will reset for the start of the Online Open Finals. Players will then go head-to-head during a designated three-hour window. Once the time is up, winners will be verified and the top performing players will be notified of their earnings from a $1,000,000 prize pool.

Players will be scored based on the following system:

Solos

Victory Royale: 10 Points

2nd – 5th: 7 Points

6th – 15th: 5 Points

16th – 25th: 3 Points

Each Elimination: 1 Point

Duos

Victory Royale: 10 Points

2nd – 3rd: 7 Points

4th – 7th: 5 Points

8th – 12th: 3 Points

Each Elimination: 1 Point

Fortnite World Cup Finals Advancement

The highest ranked players from each week will be invited to the Fortnite World Cup Finals to be held in New York City on July 26-28.

Players will qualify based on performance within their server region according to the chart below.

(Image courtesy of Epic Games)

How Fortnite Pros Reacted To World Cup

With the Fortnite World Cup format now set, many Fortnite pro-players took to social media to share their thoughts.

Team Liquid’s Ryan “Chap” Chaplo and Jake “Poach” Brumleve, who are among Fortnite’s biggest earners, said “qualifier gonna be tough” and “very cool but scary stuff”.

Elsewhere, Fortnite veterans Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Turner “Tfue” Tenney were all business as they start their preparations to qualify.

Ticketing, scheduling, and additional information is available on the Fortnite World Cup website here: www.fortnite.com/worldcup

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura’s love for esports started when she attended her first event back in 2015. After a few years of working in corporate events, she decided to turn her passion into a career. She now works as an esports journalist covering anything esports-related, from League of Legends to the industry at large.