Last night, Epic Games announced Fortnite In-Game Tournaments; a new mode that allows all players, across all platforms to compete.
That means Fortnite In-Game Tournaments makes it the first game that allows cross-play to venture into the competitive gaming arena. Later this year, Epic will host the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, and it will run directly from the new in-game tournament system as “Showdown Royale.” Epic aims to deliver tournaments throughout the year for Fortnite players across all skill levels.
In-Game Tournaments are open to everyone and provide an opportunity for every player to compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory. Note that all players must opt-in for crossplay to participate in competitive events.
My first concern with Fortnite In-Game Tournaments, is, of course, pitting PC players with mouse & keyboard, against console players. In my mind, there’s an immediate disadvantage, but according to Epic they’ve tested it and none exists.
During tournaments, players from all platforms will compete against one another as equals, regardless of if they are on a Mouse, Controller, or Touch input device. Every player will participate in the same competitions from start to finish, with equal opportunity to rise above the competition.
According to Epic, they’ve studied cross-play player performance between PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC during their Summer Skirmish, PAX West, and Fall Skirmish tournaments. What they’ve found is that players using a controller “can be successful” when competing against those using a mouse and keyboard.
For the life of me, I cannot imagine that the playing field is level for all players when some use a controller and others a M&K. Epic also used pro Fortnite console players as their yardstick for saying the playing field is equal. NickMercs, a console player who holds quite a few Fortnite records. KamoLRF and Ayden who plays for Ghost Gaming. AmarCoD, a professional Call of Duty and Fortnite player. These are hardly the average Jo playing Fortnite.
Epic’s goals with Fortnite In-Game Tournaments are to allow friends to play together regardless of their platform and to place “a single shining spotlight” on the world’s best Fortnite players. Matchmaking pairs players according to skill level based on how they performed in a previous match. Each match kicks off with the same score for each player, and you collect points as you progress in a single match. Reaching the target score in a match unlocks a “shiny pin,” that could also advance you to the next round.
The first series offers matches for solo play, playing with a friend (Duo), and squad play.