Following Fortnite Pro Players’ Unrest, Epic Announces Massive $20 Million Prize Pool For FNCS 2021

January 20, 2021 6:04 pm

The future of Fortnite competitive appeared cloudy with Zayt’s retirement and other pros also hinting towards doing the same. However, it seems like Epic Games has realized the shortcomings, and has finally taken the first step in the right direction.

In a recent blog, the developer shared a lot of valuable details regarding the upcoming FNCS Trios. From an enormous prize pool to several changes in the meta, Fortnite pros certainly have a lot to look forward to.

As per Epic Games, 2021 will be the “pinnacle of Fortnite competitive”. Accordingly, the prize pool for the FNCS 2021 will be a staggering $20,000,000, as compared to $17,000,000 in 2020. 2021 will have four FNCS Trios tournaments, each with a $3,000,000 prize pool.

HYPEX, on Twitter, shared the information with the community:

Based on a region’s participation and game population, this amount is further distributed:

  • EU– $1,350,000
  • NAE– $690,000
  • NAW-$300,000
  • BR-$300,000
  • ASIA-$150,000
  • ME-$120,000
  • OCE– $90,000

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Other changes in competitive Fortnite in 2021

An increased prize pool in the FNCS comes along with several other changes in the meta and broadcasting. French, German, and Spanish speakers can now watch separate broadcasts in their native languages on the EU server region. Furthermore, the NAW and OCE regions will have new coverage in 2021.

The Australian Open (AO) has partnered with Fortnite for covering the FNCS qualifiers and finals in Oceania. It comes as no surprise that this partnership will pave the way for exclusive interviews, and content related to the Australian Open, which will take place from February 8 to 21, 2021.

Every Fortnite season brings some unexpected changes in the meta, and Chapter 2 Season 5 was no exception. There were several changes in the arsenal, and new POIs like Stealthy Stronghold, and Colossal Coliseum made their way to the island.

Following a similar approach, the competitive playlists before FNCS will include these changes:

  • Addition of Lever Action Shotgun, and removal of Rift Fish and Shockwave Grenades.
  • Elevators and IO Guards won’t spawn.
  • Sand tunneling will stay in competitive as long as it’s a part of the core playlists.
  • New adjustments to the amount of Bars players start with.

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Apart from the FNCS, players can also take part in Solo Saturdays, Trios Cash Cups, and console exclusive competitions. These tournaments will be the perfect practice grounds for players aspiring to win the FNCS, and will simultaneously give them an opportunity to earn additional prizes.

Aakrit Sharma

Aakrit Sharma is an Esports author at EssentiallySports, living in Shimla. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Arts from Delhi University. His interest in gaming roots back to classics like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3.

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