After an increase in backlash from the Fortnite community about decreasing prize pools, Epic Games has announced the 2021 FNCS prize pool will be $20 million, up from 2020’s mark of $17 million.
A number of pros have commented on the scene’s potential downfall, citing low prize pool as a source of conflict. With the retirement of Williams “Zayt” Aubin, a veteran in the scene, pros like Bugha, Benjyfishy and Wolfiez spoke out about changes needed.
This seems like a step in the right direction for reinvigorating the competitive scene and keeping stakes and prizes high enough to engage both professional players and the community as a whole.
The announcement also came with more details about upcoming competition, including the FNCS Chapter 2 Season 5 schedule:
Qualifier 1: Feb. 4-7
Qualifier 2: Feb. 11-14
Qualifier 3: Feb. 18-21|
Bye Week: Feb. 25-28
Semifinals: March 5-7
Reboot Round: March 12-13
Finals: March 12-14
Fortnite is also standardizing all FNCS competitions to cross-platform trios for the entire year and continuing the general format of scoring based on eliminations and placements. Here are the prize distributions by region for the current season:
Changes to the actual gameplay include adding the Lever Action Shotgun and vaulting both the Rift Fish and Shockwave Grenades, among others.