Tournament organizer BLAST has agreed to a year-long partnership with Epic Games to produce and deliver all Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS) events in 2022.
The 2022 FNCS tournament promises to bring a lot of excitement this season. The switch to the duos format has been long overdue and many pros are excited about their new teams. The recent nerfs to the Spiderman web shooters mean that the best rotates will revert to those with the highest skills and strategies. Admittedly, complaints about this season’s spray meta, with Stingers and MK-7’s, are still prevalent. However, most pros have adapted quickly and, at this point in the season, they have completely adjusted their gameplay. Overall, this FNCS season looks to be in great shape.
The fact that one of the world’s leading game titles has entrusted its 2022 competitive scene to us is a testament to the world-class output we’ve created during this periodLeo Matlock, MD for Development at BLAST
Epic has certainly chosen one of the best esports companies to partner with for the 2022 FNCS season. In 2020, BLAST saw over 146 million views and 1.5 billion minutes of content consumed across its platforms. Blast expanded its product offering to bring over 500 hours of world-class esports to fans in multiple formats including popular titles CS:GO, VALORANT, and DOTA 2. The esports entertainment company has over 1 million subscribers and followers. This particular partnership is BLAST’s biggest project since the creation of BLAST Premier in Counter-Strike.
The best Fortnite players from around the world will be competing at the FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1, where they will be vying for a share of the $3,008,500 prize pool. Further information and a breakdown of the prize pool and format can be found in this Gamelevate article. The full schedule and viewing options can be found in this article.
Leo Matlock, MD for Development at BLAST, said: “We are delighted to be able to establish this year-long partnership with Fortnite. BLAST has been able to build trust and a fantastic working relationship with the Fortnite Competitive team to create incredible experiences for the community. We loved every minute of FNCS All-Star Showdown and FNCS Grand Royale and have amazing plans for FNCS Chapter 3, which kicks off with Season 1 on February 17th where we have a record amount of content for fans to enjoy alongside our world-class production as the best in the world battle it out for over $3M in the prize pool.
“This kind of collaboration with publishers has become a huge area of growth and focus for BLAST as a business over the last 18 months. The fact that one of the world’s leading game titles has entrusted its 2022 competitive scene to us is a testament to the world-class output we’ve created during this period, and we believe we’re just at the beginning of our journey.”