Epic returns to competitive Fortnite in person with a November event

Epic Games has announced plans to hold an in-person Fortnite competition in November, its first major in-person competition. Fortnite event since Fortnite World Cup in 2019.

The next event, the FNCS Invitational 2022, will take place November 12-13 at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina. “We will be inviting a selection of the top FNCS duos from around the world who will have the opportunity to compete in a single lobby for a share of a $1,000,000 prize pool,” Epic wrote in a blog post by “The Fortnite Crew.”

However, the company stresses that the health and safety of players is “the number one priority for holding any in-person event” and warns that it may have the event postponed if “public health trends change or if regional laws or recommendations change at any time this year.”

It’s unclear if Epic is planning some sort of Fortnite World Cup for 2023. The 2019 edition of this event, the first and only Fortnite The World Cup to date has been a three-day extravaganza with a $30 million prize pool. But in April 2020 Epic said there would be a World Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the end of that year said there would be no 2021 World Cup. Epic continued to host Fortnite online competitions, but the announcement of the FNCS Invitational 2022 seems to indicate that Epic is looking to host in-person tournaments again.

Fortnite is nearing the end of its current season and has a big in-game event scheduled for June 4.

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