Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale Summer Skirmish Series had a rocky start, but the weekly esports competition vastly improved over the course of four weeks. In Week 5, the event will go back to a duos tournament, but this time around, players will be awarded for a more aggressive playstyle.
On Thursday, Epic revealed the format for the Week 5 Summer Skirmish Series, which it calls King Pin. Fifty teams of two will compete in eight matches. They will receive points for each elimination they rack up, but what makes things interesting are the bonuses. A duo can receive double their points in the next match if they score seven or more eliminations or triple the points if they earn a Victory Royale. With this format, the team that strategizes and wins multiple matches could handily beat out the competition if they score plenty of kills or all their efforts to earn a Victory Royale could be for naught if they die right away in the next match.
The two-day event will have 50 duos on both days competing for $500,000 in prize money per day. Teams in the top 20 will receive a prize with first place earning $75,000. Unlike previous formats, there is on bonus completing a certain feat during a match.
Competing in the Week 5 Summer Skirmish are a mix of pro players, well-known streamers, and those who played well in Epic’s Showdown events. The most popular Fortnite: Battle Royale streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, will compete in this week’s event. The esports star participated in previous weeks featuring solo tournaments, but this is the first time he’ll team up with another player. His partner, Malachi “Reverse2K” Greiner, was the big money winner at last week’s event, earning $86,000 thanks to a big bonus for having the most kills.
Fortnite: Battle Royale Week 5 Summer Skirmish Series starts on Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern then on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch the action on the official Fortnite Twitch channel or watch their favorite streamers’ channel as they compete.
Thursday was full of Fortnite: Battle Royale news. Epic announced the release of the game’s Android beta, but there are a few people who received a “waiting list” error when trying to log into the game.