Written By: Matthew Rondina
Epic Games just launched Fornite’s Fall Skirmish Series that has $10,000,000 USD in cash up for grabs. The six week, team based format looks to be the cleanest yet in the hope of paving a clear path for Fornite’s esports ambitions.
The Fall Skirmish features groups of professional players competing for the top spot going into the grand final in late October at TwitchCon.
One of the most interesting games to watch on the planet is about to get more layers of competition in it’s biggest format ever. Both established pros, and rising stars have a chance to walk away with big prizes and bragging rights.
As stated by Epic, “Competitors will represent five Clubs and each week they will compete against each other in different types of recreational events or competitive formats.”
The 500 players that have made the cut, via invite only, have been assigned into 1 of 5 different teams:
Each of these teams will face off in weekly events accruing points for various tasks in recreation or competitive events.
Week 1 featured teams facing off in two game types, the first was Hold The Throne Duos and Squad Goals.
Both of these game types/challenges really put teams to the test as they must hit certain milestones in order to rack up the most points for their team and in turn the most cash winnings.
Hold The Throne
Week 1 introduced this challenge requiring the duos victors to acquire the most points through six matches. Points were awarded as follows:
Victory Royale: +3 Points
2nd-3rd Place: +2 Points
4th-5th Place: +1 Point
8+ Eliminations: +3 Points
6-7 Eliminations: +2 Points
4-5 Eliminations: +1 Point
Hold The Throne: +2 Point and $50,000
This challenge was a little more straight forward for teams and spectators to follow, competitors play in Squads looking to gain the most eliminations. It’s was an all out frag fest as clubs that have the most eliminations across their entire squad will earn points for their club.
Nick Eh 30, SpaceLyon and Replays pulled off a PC world record with 56 eliminations early in the week only to have it bested hours later. The points and prizing broke down as follows:
First/ $45,000/ 325
Second/ $25,000/ 225
Third/ $15,000/ 180
Fourth/ $10,000/ 150
Fifth/ $5,000/ 120
The Fornite pro scene is quickly developing, allowing relatively unknown players to break into the scene quite quickly. It is one of the few titles with a new or established pro scene that allows someone to play at the highest tier without representation from a major team.
Summer Skirmish at PAX West is a prime example, with Morgausse walking away with the $250,000 grand final prize. He was not part of a big team, and hustled his way on his own to claim a major pot with Fornite.
As of late Fortnite Publisher, Epic Games, has been doubling down on events and their formats paving the way for a permanent path to thriving esports scene. It’s been exciting to see the lessons learned in Summer Skirmish translate into a smoother experience for both competitors and spectators in the Fall.
Let us know which club you are rooting for in the comments below, game on!
esports Hardware Edge
Looking to play Fornite on the go? Nintendo has released The Nintendo Switch: Fortnite edition so you can continue to hone your skills on the go with the full gameplay experience. Whether you are on a train or a bus you can continue racking of those victory royales!
The Double Helix Bundle includes a Nintendo Switch system, 1,000 V-bucks (in-game Fortnite currency) and the Double Helix Set, consisting of a unique Character Outfit, Back Bling, Glider and Pickaxe.
Squeeze more Fortnite into your travel time with the new bundle, have fun and game on!
About the Author: Matthew Rondina
Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been passionate about technology and gaming for over 20 years. Follow Matthew’s gaming adventures on twitter and join in on the fun!