Vibes appear to be high at the NA Fortnite media day, fingers crossed this energy is here to stay!
Though we still don’t know the exact dates, it’s safe to assume that this season’s FNCS is just around the corner. So if you haven’t already, lock down your Duo and complete the grind to Champs.
For the first time ever, and potentially thanks to their partnership with esports entertainment network BLAST, Epic invited pros in both Europe and North America to attend a media day. Exactly what this entails remains to be seen, but we can expect more interviews and content pieces to accompany the C3:S2 FNCS.
Some people have even suggested that this increased level of effort towards production and in-person meetup could signal that another Fortnite World Cup is on the horizon. The two things may well not be linked, however a major LAN is definitely becoming more and more feasible.
Regardless, NA players arrived in Raleigh on Friday and were each greeted by a package of Fortnite goodies and a custom welcome note. These messages from the competitive team took a deep dive into players’ histories, and some were kinder than others.
Ghost Gaming star Blake joked that Epic had called him washed, referencing a line that read “Last season may have been a little tough”. He and Scoped failed to make it past Round 2 of Qualifiers in Season 1, falling victim to the unnecessarily condensed FNCS format.
West coast pro and Team 33 representative Tavern also received a friendly flaming upon arrival. His card quipped, “You could work on your aim a little bit more…just kidding”. Despite being a top dog on his region, Tavern notoriously has some incredibly questionable clips out there when it comes to accuracy.
Other messages were just plain wholesome. PaMstou, Champion of the FNCS All-Star Showdown shared his on Twitter. “Each season you’re showing consistent improvements to your game and we are so happy to have one of the best players in the game with us for this event”, it said.
All jokes aside, it’s fantastic to see Epic taking a more interactive approach to tournament prep and to see the players themselves seeming to have a good time. At the very least this will make for an exciting FNCS broadcast, but more excitingly, it could be a sign of positive change to come.
The number one issue for competitive Fortnite fans has always been the lack of transparency and communication. If the developers start to engage with pros and key figures in the scene, this could lead to a much brighter future.