Epic Games has announced the next stage of Fortnite esports. Now that the Fortnite World Cup is over, the next season will bring the Championship Series, with leader boards and millions of dollars up for grabs.
During the Fortnite World Cup stream, esports coordinator Sund0wn revealed the Championship Series will give, “players a chance to compete against the best of the best, where every single result matters.”
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With this, he seems to be addressing the concern of the latest qualifier stages, in which already qualified players seemingly threw their remaining matches, as there was no longer an incentive for them to perform at the best of their ability. With a leader board to track results over the course of the season, players will be able to track their own and their favorite player’s progress.
From the announcement alone, it’s hard to deduce the scope of what Epic Games is trying to achieve with the Championship Series and whether or not it will try to follow up on the model and size of the Riot Games’ League of Legends Championship Series or Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League. Former OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer had left Activision Blizzard for Epic Games in late May to lead the esports efforts for Fortnite.