Fortnite: Reports Suggest Consoles Will Take Over PCs in FNCS

Published 01/19/2021, 10:44 AM EST


Amidst all the claims of the Fortnite competitive scene declining, Epic Games might have some more unfortunate news. The news comes specifically for a segment of players who might be on the losing end of the upcoming FNCS. After Epic published the trends for the last FNCS, a striking peculiarity has led to an alarming conclusion.

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G2 LeTsHe recently shared the platform breakdown of FNCS players between PC and consoles. Out of the 1.2+ million players that participated in the latest tournament, close to 900K played the tournament on a console. This means that only 1/4th of those who played the tournament used PCs.

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LeTsHe also shared an image showing the trend across all the major BR games. Not only Fortnite, but three major BR games have a majority of console players. This trend could lead to a change in prize pools based on the platform players play on.

Fortnite tournaments might have a lesser prize pool for PC players

Since fewer users play Fortnite on a PC, Epic profits less from PC players. Naturally, a majority of the revenue for Epic Games comes from console players. With Epic currently in a cash crunch, it might have to streamline its expenditure. The ongoing Fortnite tournaments already have a poor prize pool. Shout outs and a few hundred dollars are not pleasing anyone.

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With the FNCS just around the corner, players are concerned that Epic might reduce the prize pool of the championship. The only way around this is if Epic prioritizes its majority player base. Naturally, it can no longer afford to have an equal prize for both categories. Therefore, going forward, Epic might end up reducing the prize for PC players.

While these are just assumptions as of now, if Epic does take a decision based on these trends, it might lead to an exodus of PC players switching to consoles. LeTsHe has already expressed his desire to switch to a console. Moreover, it would be easier for players to find trios playing on a console as their number is higher.

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This news could still be a glimmer of hope for most players who play on a console. It could finally mean that Epic Games can still maintain a bigger prize pool for some of the players for the Fortnite Championship saving the competitive scene.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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