Epic Games announced Wednesday the return of the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS), including details on the overall prize pool, significant changes to the structure of the competition, and a new in-person event.
The 2023 FNCS will feature a total prize pool of $10M USD, and a year-long competition that culminate in an in-person LAN tournament event—the FNCS Global Championship—taking place at Copenhagen, Denmark, featuring 75 of the best duos in the world competing for a share of a $4M prize pool.
This year’s competition begins Feb. 2, and will use a duos format and a Series Points system (based on performance and results). At the end of each week a FNCS Major 1 competition will be held, with the top 40 duos that earn the highest cumulative amount of points on the Series Leaderboard across three weeks advancing to the FNCS Major 1 Grand Finals, taking place in March.
Duos with the most points on the applicable FNCS Major 1 Grand Finals leaderboard will be awarded a portion of the $2M prize pool, with the top performing duo in each region advancing to the FNCS Global Championship 2023.
A total of four online Majors will be held during the season (with five weeks of competition for each, except the Last Chance Major, which will run for three days), with the in-person event taking place in “late 2023.”
The competition series will be broadcast in-game at Legend’s Landing (island code: 3303-7480-5925), on the official FNCS live stream. It will also be available on various official Fortnite channels on YouTube and Twitch, and TikTok (in one region). Those interested in hosting a watch party may do so by using a clean feed being provided by Epic.