In the last few years, Fortnite’s competitive scene has been lacking somewhat. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Epic Games has refrained from hosting top-tier, in-person events, such as the Fortnite World Cup. In 2019, the first and only Fortnite World Cup was held, and right now, there’s no sign of another one coming in 2022. However, in November of 2021, Epic Games announced a slew of changes coming to the Fortnite tournaments in 2022.
With tentative expectations of in-person events opening up as we move into 2022, there is a slight chance we’ll see another World Cup. Although, if Epic Games is going to announce that particular tournament, they’ll need to act quickly to generate hype for it. Regardless of that tournament being absent from the schedule, we’ve still got a fair few Fortnite tournaments coming in 2022.
The Fortnite Champion Series
It’s a relatively simple name for a relatively simple esports tournament. The Fortnite Champion Series, otherwise known as the ‘FNCS’ is considered to be the pinnacle of Fortnite esports. It’s a multi-region event that is split up into numerous seasons and spread across the course of an entire year. In 2021, there were sixteen FNCS ‘Grand Final’ events, featuring top talent from Europe, North America, Oceania, Brazil, and many more regions.
In December of 2021, the third chapter of the Fortnite saga was released, and as we move into 2022, it’ll serve as the foundation for the FNCS. Recently, in September, ‘C2S7’ of the FNCS wrapped, with almost $2 million in prize money being handed out to the finalists. Up until this point, Fortnite tournaments were played with a trio structure, but for 2022, teams will be made up of simple duos.
The Fortnite Champion Series tournaments are high-end and covered by esports betting sites. There are few tournaments in esports more valuable than this series, and if you’re an esports bettor, this is the place to be where Fortnite is concerned. These are easily the best Fortnite tournaments around today.
More Changes to the Cash and Hype Cups
Epic Games has stressed that ‘Fortnite Competitive is for anyone who wants to compete’. To that end, the developer regularly hosts the successful ‘Hype Cup’, a Fortnite tournament that is competed by the likes of absolutely anybody. Alongside ‘Cash Cups’, the Hype Cup tournaments are daily competitions that take place over the course of (typically) a single month. In these come-one-come-all Fortnite tournaments, the players are fighting for all-important Hype points, and not cash prizes.
Although, as the name suggests, Cash Cups do boast cash prizes. These cups take on a similar format, but to enter, players will need to be in the ‘Champions League’. To enter this prestigious field, a player will need approximately 16,000 Hype points in their division. There are stricter rules in the Cash Cup, but mostly, they’re not played by the best Fortnite players in the world. They’re more of a staging ground for up-and-coming esports stars to flex their skills.
However, when it comes to Fortnite betting, these tournaments rarely – if ever – have markets available on esports betting sites. While they can sometimes feature prolific players, they’re usually too small-fry for bookmakers to pick them up at all. It’s almost impossible to find odds for the Hype Cup and Cash Cup events. So, if you’re looking for Fortnite tournaments to bet on, perhaps you should stick with the FNCS.
As you can imagine, for a tournament with tens of thousands of entrants, even building a rudimentary Fortnite tournaments tracker would be a very difficult task.
Scanning the Schedule
Unfortunately, given Epic Games’ stance on LAN esports, there are very few events in the Fortnite calendar for 2022. At the tail end of 2021, one of the last Fortnite competitive tournaments of the year was held, hosted by DreamHack. It was a relative success, but Epic Games has stated that any further ‘third-party’ tournaments are being considered on a strictly case-by-case basis. For now, the best Fortnite tournaments really are limited to the FNCS, and the Hype and Cash Cups.
Although, as we’ve already stated, if you’re interested in esports betting, you’ll only be able to really focus on the former tournament.
As 2022 unravels, there is always the chance that we’ll hear some news on the next Fortnite World Cup. Should that news drop, you’ll need to pay close attention to the emerging markets, as the event itself will be huge. It has been two years since the last World Cup event, and it turned simple esports gamers into multi-millionaires overnight. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to arise, should the pinnacle of Fortnite tournaments roll around.