After what seems like an eternity Epic Games has finally announced a new round of competitive Fortnite action with the return of the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS).
Starting on March 20, FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2 will see eligible players compete as Duos. The event will run for five weeks, with four weeks of Heats before the Champion Series: Season Finals which will be held between 17-19th April.
Epic will host a weekend of trial matches on the 13-15th of March to get everyone battle-ready.
Each of the seven server regions will host their own PC and Console/Mobile tournaments. Similar to the December's Winter Royale 2019, the PC and Console/Mobile tournaments will have equal prizing.
Players, depending on which region they play, can win up to $5,000 in the Heats and up to $70,000 in the FNCS: Season Finals.
To compete in the FNCS players will have to reach Champion League in Arena which means gaining 6,000+ Hype Points before the 20th of March.
It looks again like Epic will not be producing an in-studio broadcast leaving the players themselves to stream the action, with weekly recaps expected for each week of games.
This isn't the only tournament Epic have planned there is also a new round of Contender Cash Cups and Platform Cash Cups - meaning we have plenty of competitive Fortnite to get our teeth into in the next couple of months.
The FNCS will be played in three rounds. Starting from the 20th March Round 1 and Round 2 played on Saturdays with Round 3 being played on Sundays.
Each session will be ten games during Round 1, 2 and 3.
The top 1000 teams in Europe, North America East, North America West and Brazil will advance from Round 1 to the Round 2, while the top 400 teams from Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East will do likewise.
The top 20 teams from each week from EU, NAE, NAW, and BR will qualify for Round 3.
A further 120 qualify based on Cumulative Series Points - meaning if you place well consistently but don't make the top 20 you can still find yourself in the Season Finals.
The top 50 teams from the Round 3 with qualify for the Season Finals.
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For Asia, Oceania and the Middle East it will be the top 10 from each of the four weeks with a further 60 teams added from the leaderboard for a total of 100 teams.
The FNCS: Season Finals - consists of four heats and a Grand Final and will be played over three days. The top 12 teams from each Heat will make it into the Grand Final.
Oceania, Asia and the Middle East will play just two heats before their Grand Finals.
The Grand Final will be played over three hours, with six games being played, with one starting every 30 minutes.
FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2 Schedule
- Week 1: 20-22 March
- Week 2: 27-29 March
- Week 3: 3-5 April
- Week 4: 10-12 April
- Champion Series: Season Finals: 17-19 April
Victory Royale: 10 Points
2nd - 5th: 7 Points
6th - 10th: 5 Points
11th - 15th: 3 Points
Each Elimination: 1 Point
FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2: How-To Watch
It is not yet clear if Epic plans to do a broadcast for either the Weekly matches or the FNCS Season Finals - but that hasn't stopped us before.
Here are a list of our favourite streamers across the three main regions.
FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2 Weekly Prize Pool
The following weekly prizes will be awarded to each team based on their placement on the leaderboard.
Weekly Event Prizes - Europe
Weekly Event Prizes - NA East
Weekly Event Prizes - NA West
Champion Series: Season Finals Prize Pool
Season Finals Event Prizes: Europe
Season Finals Event Prizes - NA East
Season Finals Event Prizes - NA West
For the Brazil, Oceania, Asia, and Middle East prize pools refer to the Epic Games official rules.