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Epic Games Cancels Fortnite World Cup, Moves Remaining 2020 Competitions Online

May 3, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The Fortnite World Cup has been shuttered this year due to the ongoing pandemic, with the game’s remaining esports competitions going online. Epic Games has announced via the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account that the World Cup, which was set for July, will no longer take place. The announcement, which laid out the road map for the game’s esports aspects, noted that the World Cup’s cross-regional aspect made them unable to transition the game to an online capacity and that as a result it will no longer take place.

The announcement added that they’re hopeful to get the World Cup back up and running for 2021 and noted the Fortnite Cash Cups, the Fornite Champions Series and remaming events will continue in an online format.

The move is the latest of an esport heading to an online format, following the likes of the Apex Legends Global Series, the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and NBA 2K League. You can read the full statement (which was made in multiple tweets) by Epic Games below:

Last month we said we would provide our evolving 2020 competitive roadmap. Today we wanted to provide updates on where we’re at with plans in 2020!

Physical Events – For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online. Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020. We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events will be practical, but we’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021. In the meantime we have more info about online events with FNCS, Cash Cups, 3rd Party Events and Broadcasts.

#FNCS – Will be returning each season for the rest of 2020. Players around the globe will have the opportunity to prove they’re the best. We will iterate on formats to improve player experiences.

Cash Cups – We’re ensuring players can hop into competitive matches with cash prizes on a routine basis. We’ve been iterating on how players earn points, as well as the structure of the tournaments. Two-step Cash Cups will qualify a top group of players into a final lobby.

3rd Party Events – We continue to work with 3rd parties to provide more experiences for players. All events must be held online only until further notice. Please see the Terms and Style Guide in the link to host an event – Anyone can participate, anyone can win. It’s time to party up and boogie down with the greatest Fortnite players in the world.

Broadcasts – We’ve heard the feedback. We are bringing back official broadcasts starting with the FNCS Invitational this weekend! Tune in for all of the action and more competitive news. Week 1 Broadcast starts at 1PM ET Saturday.