Epic Announces $10M Fortnite Fall Skirmish
After the success of its first official esports championship event, the Fortnite Summer Skirmish Championship, Epic Games announced the next competitive season for the game. The Fall Skirmish will run for six weeks of tournaments and offer another $10 million in prize money.
Epic is making good on its promise to give away $100 million in prize money during the first year of competitive Fortnite. The path has been curvy and bumpy, but after the bugs and glitches of the Summer Skirmish, Epic is ready and prepared for Fortnite's second competitive season.
During the Summer Skirmish series, Epic made multiple changes to the tournament format. The change that directly affected players the most was the decision to allow players to qualify. While the first tournaments in the series were invite-only, there was hope for everyone else before the series concluded.
Epic chose to maximize the visibility of the early tournaments by inviting the game's most popular content creators. In later events, Epic invited players with high rankings in the Solo Showdown game mode.
The publisher has yet to announce any specific details of the format for the Fall Skirmish, such as whether or not players will be able to qualify for the tournament. However, at E3, Epic said competitive Fortnite would be open to anyone.
After the Summer Skirmish Championship and before the Fall Skirmish, several major esports organizations took the plunge and began signing on Fortnite players. Team SoloMid, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and Fnatic all reportedly signed new players this month.