Fortnite World Cup 2021 Should Happen Online and Not Be Canceled
When it comes to Fortnite battle royale, one of the most important features of the game is that it is a 100-player online multiplayer service battle royale. This means that it is a shoo-in for esports and has happened in past years with the World Cup. But the Fortnite World Cup 2021 situation is not a positive one at all.
The World Cup is the most premier sports event for football/soccer, depending on who you ask, and it is the thing that the community around the world looks forward to each year. Epic Games knows the popularity and strength of Fortnite and has implemented its similar massive event.
The World Cup in 2019 was one of the biggest esports events of all-time, if not the biggest one period, and it was a great occasion that every other esports event likely wishes it could be. But much of Fortnite has been living in the shadow of that once great event.
Fortnite World Cup Is Currently Canceled for 2021
2021 will mark two years since the first and only World Cup happen in Fortnite battle royale. The pandemic struck last year. It meant the end of any chance of the World Cup happening last year. It was a disappointing decision last year but an understandable one.
However, this year is the continuation of the pandemic and everything associated with COVID-19 as the world tries to vaccinate as many people as possible. As such, Epic Games decided to follow suit from last year and, once again, cancel the Fortnite World Cup 2021.
This means that this will be two years in a row in which players and the community will not enjoy the World Cup extravaganza. This is disappointing but understandable for some reasons. We get why Epic Games would make this decision as there is a pandemic going on.
And if you didn’t know, the World Cup in 2019 was an event in New York City that saw thousands of people gather in one spot to celebrate the game as a whole. That event was unlike any other to date. There was everyone from fans in attendance to the players themselves.
There was so much going on. It was a jam-packed event, both in-person and online, for those who were watching. It was an esports event of the highest quality and caliber, meaning that everything about it will not work in person this year.
There is no reason to risk having people and players come in person and risk getting sick and spreading it massively. This is especially the case in a day and age when many players around the world wouldn’t cross the borders anyways.
Fortnite World Cup 2021 Should Happen This Year
That said, I don’t think that the story of the Fortnite World Cup 2021 should end right there. While I agree that the World Cup can’t happen in the way that it happened in 2019 to protect everyone involved, I don’t think that this means that we should say goodbye to the event for good this year.
I will say without a doubt that I do not think that the Fortnite World Cup 2021 should be canceled this year at all and that it should still happen anyways. Before you ask, no, I don’t mean that the event should be held in person like it was before. I’m not even advocating for an in-person event with no in-person spectators like what the Olympics this year are seemingly doing.
That is not what I am hoping for this year, as that would mean that it would be detrimental and dangerous. But I also don’t think that it is a black and white situation where the pandemic means that there is no way for the Fortnite World Cup 2021 to happen this year.
I think it can happen this year in a specific way. There are many reasons why I think so. That is the purpose of this article as I will go over the several reasons I think it should still happen this year and, more importantly, how it can occur this year safely and healthily for everyone involved.
Why It Should Happen: The Community Needs It
First and foremost, there is the first reason that I have for why I think that the Fortnite World Cup 2021 should be held this year: we all need to happen. Esports events of this level are massive and important to everyone involved with the game.
And this is doubly so for the World Cup that happened in 2019. If you are reading this, you likely care about the event in some fashion. And there is a chance that this is the only esports event you care about as there are many fans and players who only care about this event.
It broke records left and right, and for a good reason. Fortnite is a massive game with a mainstream appeal, unlike others like PUBG when watching it and even playing it. So, it stands to reason that the biggest esports event would have a similar situation and appeal to more people than other games and events would.
The community needs it right now amid this pandemic that stops us from going out and doing other significant events like we would want to. Conventions are gone, at least in how we remember and love them, and games are one of the few pastimes that are still going strong, if not stronger than ever before.
During this chaos, the World Cup needs to be here more than ever and not back down because of the pandemic when it doesn’t technically need to at all. Everyone could use the joy and gathering together, even if it isn’t in person, from the players themselves who will compete in the events to the fans who will cheer on their favorite pros.
Epic Games is backing down from doing the biggest Fortnite event that could ever happen during a time when we need it more than we will ever need it in the future. That is a darn shame and something that could be fixed, especially when there is another reason that we need it right now.
Why: Fortnite Esports Has Been Severely Lacking
Another reason that we need the Fortnite World Cup 2021 right now is the simple fact that the esports scene for the battle royale title is doing pretty terrible right now. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to go so far as to say that it is almost dying at this point.
The Fortnite esports scene is so severely lacking that it is pretty much dead to many communities. It is something that more and more players and teams are leaving each day. Pretty frequently, we hear about content creators and pro players/teams moving away from it to other things.
It is rare that you see some of the business’s literal best teams for a game just up and leave for good, so that is saying something, given that it has happened recently. Sure, players who are retiring or just not performing well will but not one of the best teams around.
This is a huge problem and was only elevated by the lack of esports events that happened last year for Fortnite. Don’t get me wrong; I understand why Epic Games had to cancel the in-person events in 2020 and why the schedule ended up a lot more empty than it was supposed to be.
But we are now about a year into this pandemic for much of the world. There is no excuse anymore. This year needs to be a lot better. Epic should have figured out how to handle esports events for Fortnite by now, but that isn’t the case.
Even with the promise of having more events this year and a better competitive season in 2021, it is still barely looking any better than it did in 2020, which is pretty unacceptable at this point. And one way to solve this issue is to have the Fortnite World Cup 2021.
Not only would it bring one massive event to look forward to later in the year, even if it is delayed into the fall, but it would bring frequent events with qualifiers and other surrounding events that would save the Fortnite competitive scene.
Why: Pandemic Isn’t Stopping Other Esports
And the third and final reason is a pretty clear one: the pandemic has not stopped other esports from having their competitions at all. Many of them thrived in this chaos, while Fortnite decreased a whole lot and is now doing worse than ever.
Most other similar games like PUBG, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War are doing their best to accommodate in the midst of all of this with either delayed events or replacements for the ones that they are unable to have.
Unfortunately, Fortnite is not the standard in this pandemic but the outlier that is falling apart competitively rather than finding ways to keep going like it was before truly. There is no excuse for Epic Games as this pandemic has not stopped Activision, Krafton, or EA in the slightest.
There is no reason that we shouldn’t have more events for Fortnite battle royale. It feels very inexcusable a year later when other games have already set the bar. Sure, Apex Legends’ calendar isn’t as great as it would be, but it is doing its best to have some quality content for players and fans.
Meanwhile, PUBG, its mobile counterpart, and the Call of Duty franchises are thriving right now with unique events that we are excited to cover. The Call of Duty League is still going strong with the main event championship scheduled for this year, just like last year. These are all global events that have been proven to be possible.
How Fortnite World Cup 2021 Could Happen
While I’ve gone over why the Fortnite World Cup 2021 should happen, it can’t happen without a smart way of doing it that isn’t putting players, organizers, fans, and so on at risk of the virus. That is why there is only one true solution: an online, remote event.
This is nothing special as other esports are doing that right now, some of which have had to learn their lesson after trying to host some in-person events anyways. Online events are significant and can work if done right, and Epic Games has the resources to make that happen, even more than some other developers.
While it would suck to see the World Cup downgraded to an online experience, it would be great to have it happen anyways and would be worth it in the end for the community. Better yet, it is something that everyone wouldn’t be surprised by and would be better than not having it at all.
What is interesting about this whole situation is that we had qualifiers in 2019 leading up to the start of the World Cup. Those qualifiers were — surprise! — held online with no problem at all then, so what is stopping Epic from doing that again and making the only change be that the main event is also online?
It makes a lot of sense and would be an excellent replacement for the World Cup. It would be so disappointing to have it be literally about three years after the first event in 2019 to get the second one in 2022. It doesn’t have to be that way, so here’s hoping that Epic Games turns this situation around soon.