The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the video game industry, with the esports scene in particular having a hard time. Things are starting to change, however, as the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines has caused in-person events to return. Epic Games, arguably the largest esports organizer to date, is joining the drive to bring back personal events. The Fortnite Championship Series Invitation returns in November for a personal tournament.
The announcement begins excitedly with the message “Fortnite in-person events are back!” From there, Epic confirms that the 2022 edition of the FNCS invite will be hosted in person in Raleigh, North Carolina. The dates of the event are November 12 and 13. The only details on the in The Personal Aspect of the event at the moment is that players from all over the world will be invited to attend and participate, there is currently no information about fan attendance.
Even though Epic is taking this step to make it competitive Fortnite back as a personal event, it also wants to make it clear that the health and safety of players will remain the number one priority. It is cautioned that, subject to public health trends, the FNCS Invitational 2022 may be rescheduled, rescheduled or otherwise rescheduled, subject to regulatory requirements and recommendations. Epic also asks potential participants to provide all necessary travel requirements, including vaccination cards, testing plans, and other necessary government-issued documentation.
As for the event itself, Epic invites the best Fortnite duo squads from around the world to FNCS Invitational 2022. They compete for one of the biggest prizes in esports, part of a $1,000,000 prize pool. Additional information on how to qualify for an invite and possible prizes to enter will be shared in the coming months.
It’s unclear at this point what Epic has other competitive plans for Fortnite moving forward. Fortnite has only seen online competitions since the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, meaning it will be some time before Epic’s esports team gets back up to speed. The Invitational seems like a good opportunity to see Epic’s level of preparedness.
While Fortnite players may be excited to see the personal competition return, there are some doubts it’s too early as the pandemic is far from over. North Carolina is even a hot spot in the United States right now. However, Epic isn’t the only company making the controversial decision to return to in-person events. But as such a high-profile game, FortniteEither way, a lot of attention will be given to the FNCS Invitational.
Fortnite is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and mobile devices.
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