Fortnite has revealed how its players will be able to qualify for the game's World Cup this summer and, in keeping with tradition, certain pros are unhappy with the format.
Fortnite has been promising a World Cup for a while now and that time is almost upon us. This summer, the Fortnite World Cup will take place in New York City and will be the biggest event the game's developer Epic has staged to date. What's more, a prize pool of $40 million is up for grabs.
$10 million of that pool will actually be given away before the finals of the tournament even begin. The qualification process for the World Cup was officially revealed this week and there will be ten Online Opens in the build to the tournament. Any players can compete in Fortnite's new Arena mode and should they perform well enough, they will qualify for an online open the following weekend. Perform well in that and you'll make it to the World Cup, as well as earning yourself a slice of the $1 million up for grabs during each open.
That all sounds pretty fair if you ask us, don't you think? However, as Epic knows all too well, you cannot please all of the people all of the time. That is evident from the way some of Fortnite's professional players have reacted to the World Cup qualification process. FaZe, 72hrs, and Chap have all had their say, and none of the trio are best pleased.
LMAOOO.. I feel like they’re missing a step (customs with qualifiers) but w.e time to play some fun games 😎👍 pic.twitter.com/aICqZIU201— Tom 72hrs (@72hrs) March 25, 2019
FaZe believes that online qualifiers are a terrible idea due to the other players you potentially battle against. He claims that during previous events of the same nature, an average of six out of ten lobbies didn't include any other pro players at all. Meanwhile, while watching 72hrs' streams, he noticed that his fellow pro had been placed in lobbies filled with professional players. Unsurprisingly, 72hrs shared in FaZe's woes.
Winter Royale had an infinitely superior qualifying system... IMO— Chap (@LiquidChap) March 25, 2019
Chap's insight was a lot more to the point. He simply tweeted that he believed the qualification process for Fortnite's Winter Royale event was "infinitely superior" to the one in place for the World Cup. Each to their own we guess, and whether you like it or not, it's too late to go back now. The details have been released and the first online open will take place on April 13.