In game tournaments will be available with the release of the 6.1 Update. Epic has confirmed that these tournaments will be open for everyone and put competitors on all platforms against each other “as equals” which means players using PC or any other console will face against one another during the events. Each tournament will task players with reaching a certain score threshold, which can be done either through placing high in matches or eliminations.
Fornite tournaments will use matchmaking to keep everyone on a more-or-less level playing field—and to ensure that players who are dominating the competition don't have too easy a time of it. "Matchmaking during a tournament session will pair players with similar point standings, so if you’re playing well within the session you’ll find yourself matched with stronger opponents," Epic said. "If you’re struggling then you should find an easier time the longer the session goes on."
There will also be no gating of platforms: Epic said that the performance of players using controllers in the Summer Skirmish, PAX West, and Fall Skirmish tournaments has "shown that controller players can be successful while competing against some of the best PC players in the world."
"Combining everyone into a single competition will allow for players to compete with their friends regardless of platforms and will allow us to place a single shining spotlight onto the world’s best players, increasing prize pools and player exposure from our competitions," Epic said. It did leave the door open to enabling platform or input device restrictions in the future,however.
The first of these in-game tournaments is going to be the Alpha Tournament, a solo event that kicks off Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 21. For a full look at the upcoming Fortnite tournaments,you can take a look at the schedule.
Alpha Tournament (Solo)
- Dates: Oct. 16 - Oct. 21
- Description: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
Beta Tournament (Duo)
- Dates: Oct 23 - Oct. 25
- Description: Grab a friend and take on the world - until you are the last two left.
Friday Night Fortnite (Squad)
- Oct. 19 - Nov. 30
- Description: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
Salty Springs Cup (Solo)
- Dates: Oct. 27 - Oct. 31
- Description: One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
Tomato Temple Cup (Duo)
- Dates: Oct.28 - Nov. 1
- Description: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.