Fortnite Champion Series 2021 Prize Pool Will Be $20 Million

by in Fortnite | Jan, 20th 2021

There’s been a lot of talk about Fortnite lately. Some less enlightened people say the game is dead, but that’s not the case. It does kind of feel like the momentum has been let out of the game. This opinion is most likely due to the game feeling like there’s less money to be made. After the Friday Night Bragging Rights series gave out “shoutouts” instead of money, we can see why people would feel that way. This year’s Fortnite Champion Series prize pool is $3 million more than last year’s. That’s right, this year, there’s $20 million up for grabs in Fortnite. But it’s being handed out differently.

The prize pool is being split across the FNCS season finals. A chunk of it will be set aside for competitions for a later date. That part is not exact yet.

When Will It Be Given Out?

Instead of making money on qualifiers and other major tournaments, the only money, it seems, will be had at the Fortnite Champion Series finals events; that’s where the prize pool is. Twelve million is being equally divided between the four season finals. As we said, the 8m will be set aside for a later date. We assume this will be other global majors or serious tournaments. 

In a recent blog, Epic Games had this to say about the changes: Our overall goal is to create better consistency throughout the year and tie the 2021 seasons together for a more cohesive experience. For 2021, the pinnacle of Fortnite Competitive, FNCS, will have $20 million in prizes – compared to $17 million in 2020 – and format tweaks also after considering player feedback.

This money will also be spread out evenly across the seven regions of Fortnite: Europe, NA East, NA West, Brazil, Asia, Middle East, Oceania. Since the matches will be online this year, due to COVID, this all makes sense. But it does feel like while there’s a lot of money. It’s being set aside for certain moments. It does seem like players have fewer chances to make this money.

After all, other adjustments have been made. The competition will be cross-platform, and there’s another round to the Weekly Qualifiers. On top of that, previously-qualified teams cannot compete in additional qualifiers. This is great, so players who are already confirmed can’t horde a spot that other players need to qualify with. 

Since there will be no Fortnite World Cup this year, the major money will be had at the Fortnite Champion Series events, so your prize pool share will have to be made then. Though the significant events are Trios, there will be other ways to make some money, at least. Solo Saturdays were revealed as a Cash Cup for champion-level players as well. This can also help players find a player for their Trios team. With that in mind, there’s an intentional overlap with the FNCS. Players that don’t make it to Round 3 of the qualifiers should try and make money this way.

There are also Trio Cash Cups for the champion-level players every Monday, instead of every other Monday. The LTM tournaments will be on Sundays, too, to hopefully pull in more players. The LTM tournaments are for fun, with no stakes on the line. That money was instead shifted to the Trios Cups. While the vast majority of the money is in the FNCS, there’s still money to be made. We can certainly see the argument that it feels like there is less money. We’ll have to see how it all shakes out and how the Fortnite pros view it.


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