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Fortnite’s scoring system for cash cups & FNCS structures promote eliminations over placement. Here’s why that needs to change

As many of you know, Dreamhack’s main Fortnite event went down over the weekend. If you didn’t catch any of the unofficial broadcasts (surprising considering the concurrent viewership averaged six digits), take my word when I say it was absolutely electric. Call me a sucker, but we haven’t seen stacked solo end games like that since 2019’s World Cup and it’s making me tingle

What’s the big deal with Dreamhack’s scoring system?

We need to first break down how Dreamhack’s system fundamentally differs from Epic’s. First and most importantly is the fact that every single placement threshold is rewarded with an accurate amount of points. Once you hit top 50, each person that dies nets you 1 point, while each elimination grants 5 points

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Winning a match under Dreamhack’s format is equivalent to 12 elimination, while a regular Epic Games cash cup stands at a 10:1 ratio. To the naked eye, this doesn’t seem too off. You only begin to notice the difference when we add up all potential placement and elimination points that a lobby creates

Epic’s potential points per full lobby:

  • Eliminations: 99 (99 people die x 1 point each)

  • Placement: 118 (3x25, 2x15, 2x5, 1x3)

Dreamhack’s potential points:

  • Eliminations: 495 (99 people die x 5 points each)

  • Placement: 1290 (1+2+3….+47+49+53+60)

As you can clearly see, eliminations are weighed significantly higher under Epic’s draconic system. The result: less stacked endgames. I have a sneaking suspicion that implementing a system similar to Dreamhack for future solo tournaments will create stacked endgames - even in low tier cash cups

Right now, we are playing in a competitive atmosphere that rewards w keying and head hunting. This has allowed the controller meta to thrive, in combination with the lack of mobility. Now that season two is reintroducing mobility, we may as well implement a competitive scoring system that compliments the meta

Don’t take my word on this. Dreamhack’s scoring system is widely viewed as superior among the pro community

Players are accurately rewarded and viewers get to enjoy the stacked solo endgames that we can only faintly reminisce on. Epic, please take a hint here and continue building the Esports scene alongside the competitive community


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Author Bio

Michael Hindi

Michael “Hindog” Hindi is an active Fortnite player and journalist from San Diego, California. His involvement with competitive Fortnite dates back to Season 5 - both on the battle bus and with a pen & paper.

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