Epic Games launched its weekly esports event, Summer Skirmish, last week, and it didn’t go over well with both the players competing and viewers. For the second week, the company will have two days of Fortnite tournaments and a prize pool of $1 million.
Week 2 of the Summer Skirmish will take place on Friday and Saturday according to a tweet from Epic. The developer did not provide any additional details other than there will be a prize pool of $1 million and different competitors will play on both days.
On Wednesday, one Twitch streamer who was invited to the Friday event tweeted it would be a solo tournament over the course of 10 matches with players placed based on their performance similar to how the initial event was supposed to go. The first Summer Skirmish, however, was cut short due to laggy servers.
Epic posted a postmortem on its blog on Tuesday to explain what happened during the event. In the post, the issue behind the lag was the performance of the players. Unlike regular matches where most of the 100 players are eliminated right away, these tournament games had 40 players or more make it late into the match. Combine the number of players that survived with the mass amount of structures built and players watching on after they’ve been eliminated, the servers simply could not keep up resulting in severe lag.
At the end of the blog post, Epic mentioned it would have full details of the format of the event Friday. The Week 2 Summer Skirmish starts at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday and then 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday on the official Fortnite Twitch channel.
To compete with the best Fortnite players, a little help from a pro couldn’t hurt. One pro at the game gave some coaching tips on how players can step up their skills.