Epic Games cancels Fortnite World Cup, all other events will be played online

Fortnite World Cup

The biggest Fortnite event in the esports calendar has been cancelled. Due the coronavirus pandemic, Epic Games has decided to pull this year’s Fortnite World Cup and move all other tournaments to an online-only format.

No date had been set for this year’s Fortnite World Cup, but it was expected to be held in the summer. However, given the global reach of the tournament, and the fact players from all around the world come to play in it, Epic Games doesn’t want to hold it online where ping could affect the competitive integrity of the event.

“We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events will be practical, but we’re hopeful to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021,” Epic Games says via Fortnite Competitive Twitter. “In the meantime we have more info about online events with FNCS, Cash Cups, 3rd Party Events and Broadcasts.”

In the tournament’s absence, Epic Games is bringing back the Fortnite Champion Series each season for the rest of the year, and Cash Cups will continue on a regular basis with a better points system. The studio is also looking into the availability of third-party events, although these too will be online only for the time being.

Fortnite events will also return to the game’s official Twitch and YouTube channels starting with the FNCS Invitational this weekend.

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