Last weekend, every Fortnite player in North America and Europe had the chance to compete in the Fortnite Winter Royale qualifiers, earning points based on eliminations and placements as well as offering an improved competitive ruleset.
Each region will take an equal share of the total $1m prize pool in their respective grand finals. See below for the full prize pool breakdown.
These qualifiers were open during frequent three-hour windows and the top 200 players from each region will be competing in the semi-final heats before their respective finals. Here’s everything you need to know.
The European semi-finals of Winter Royale take place on November 30, with the finals set to take place on December 1. Some of the notable participants here include beehive, Atlantis’ Mitr0, Fnatic’s Motor, Epsilon’s Zyppaann and Domentos of Team Secret to name but a few.
The action starts at 4PM GMT on Nov 30 on the official Fortnite Twitch channel. Be sure to check back here to see the updates and final standings following the event.
The North American side of the Winter Royale tournament finalises the following week, with the semi-finals taking place on Dec 11 and the finals on Dec 12. Notable participants include ZexRow, Chap and Vivid of Team Liquid and, of course, Drake’s best friend Ninja.
There are also some pretty big names missing from the 200 competitors remaining; TSM’s Daequan and Hamlinz chose to not bother with the qualifiers, and FaZe have no representation, with Fall Skirmish winners Tfue and Cloakzy as well as third place Nate Hill all failing to qualify.
The Winter Royale tournament makes up just one small part of Fortnite’s year one efforts in esports. A total $100m has been made available, with the season finalising at the end of 2019 with the Fortnite World Cup.
This tournament is set to be absolutely stacked, so make sure you catch what you can and look back on GINX Esports TV to find everything Fortnite Winter Royale.