The new event will showcase the pinnacle of console Fortnite talent.
In January, Fortnite developer Epic Games confirmed that its premium competitive offering, the FNCS, would be reverting to a cross-platform format. This came as a huge blow to console and mobile players, those on older devices especially have next to no chance competing against their PC counterparts.
At the same time, Epic assured those disappointed fans that this was not the end of platform-specific Fortnite, and they have now delivered on that promise. Today, they announced the Console Champions Cup, a seasonal console-only tournament with $250,000 up for grabs in prizing.
For Season 6, the Champions Cup will be Trios, and kicks off May 14. The event will run like a condensed FNCS, with all the action taking place across a single weekend (Friday – Sunday).
Check out the format and prize pool split below courtesy of Epic Games:
So, who can play?
Players on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S or Nintendo Switch are eligible to compete. Android was not mentioned in the announcement article but should be able to enter as the rules only state that "The event is not open to individuals using iOS or PC devices".
Additionally, in order to take part, all team members must reach Champion League in Arena and enable Two-Factor Authentication.
One good Console tourny a season? This is a great call, good incentives for Console players without putting $1.5m a season into it. https://t.co/Ce9rcbyNwo— Reiss ?????????????? (@Reisshub) May 6, 2021
Just as with the FNCS, the Console Champions Cup will run once per season. Epic has also stated that further platform-specific console tournaments with non-cash prizes are coming in the future.
We just recently learned that console players accounted for around 80% of Fortnite’s revenue in 2020, so it makes perfect sense to incentivize them to stick around. The $250,000 purse is enough to make the tournament a big deal for those involved, without diminishing the significance of the FNCS.
You can find more information on the scoring system and a detailed regional prize pool breakdown in the Console Champions Cup Official Rules.