Epic Games has pledged $100 million in prize money for Fortnite tournaments back in May and has been awarding millions in different eSports competitions such as the Summer Skirmish series and the Fall Skirmish since then. However, the latest announcement to come from the Epic Games camp is the Winter Royale, an online challenge with a $1 million prize pool that will kick off in a few days.
Winter Royale is an open competition in which all the players from North America and Europe regions can take part through Fortnite’s in-game tournament system. The tournament which will consist of two separate stages, the Qualifiers and the Finals, with each one being a solo event where the players will be shortlisted based on the number of points they win for finishes and eliminations.
Winter Royale Open Qualifiers will be a one-day event which will kick off this weekend, on November 24 and ends the following day. The Winter Royale will also serve as a test run for the upcoming Fortnite World Cup that will adopt the same qualifier format. And as for the Finals, the Europe Winter Royale Finals will kick start on November 30, while the North America Winter Royale Finals will start on December 11.
Ahead of the tournament, Fortnite has made some changes to the matchmaking process, which now involves matching players only with opponents with a similar points tally. Also, some bugs which were recorded an incorrect net score or slowed down points updated have also been removed.
The top performers during the qualifiers event from each region will progress to the Finals of Winter Royale in their various region, and they will stand a chance to win the lion’s share of the tournament’s $100 million prize pool.
Winter Royale is only open to players in North America and the EU region. However, Epic Games plans to host more tournaments in the future in which players from other regions can also take part in. You can find more details of the forthcoming Winter Royale tournament on Epic Games’ official website.