Fortnite: $3M FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 — Everything you Need to Know

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Fortnite: $3M FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 — Everything you Need to Know

Epic Games reveals details about the upcoming Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) in Chapter 3 Season 1.


Nearly three months have passed since the last major Fortnite competition, and a lot is different nowadays. Epic Games decided to switch the primary tournament format from Trios to Duos. The developers also launched Chapter 3 Season 1, which included a new map, weapons and mechanics to master. 

Competitive Fortnite's driving force lies within its prize pools and major tournaments. Since 2019, the Fortnite Champion Series has been the flagship event. Thousands of players worldwide have attempted to win a piece of several multi-million dollar prize pools and the coveted Axe of Champions in-game reward. The FNCS is a pinnacle esports event that all competitive players hope to conquer in their careers. 

Until today, Epic Games remained quiet regarding specific information for the first FNCS of 2022. ESTNN has all the details to help you understand FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1, including the format, scoring system and prize distribution across all seven regions. 

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Format & Schedule

FNCS Format

The format for this season's FNCS might startle those new to the community. Epic Games has worked diligently to make Victory Royales more rewarding in competitive play, and Chapter 3 Season 1 is no different. The FNCS begins February 17 with the first of two Qualifiers, which occur across four consecutive days. 

After that comes the Semi-Finals from February 24 to February 27. Once the Semi-Finals conclude, 50 teams in each region will compete in the Grand Finals for a share of over $3M USD. 

We've taken the liberty of breaking down the Qualifiers, Semi-Finals and Grand Finals to make the information more digestible;

Qualifiers

  • February 17 to 18 & February 19 to 20
  • Three rounds per Qualifier
  • The top eight teams in each final round advance directly to Chapter 3 Season 1 Finals (16 total)
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Semi-Finals

  • February 24 to 27
  • Three sessions 
  • Each session last two and a half hours
  • Five matches in Session One and Two
  • Six matches in Session Three
  • Victory Royale winners in each match advance to the Chapter 3 Season 1 Finals (16 total)
  • The top six most-consistent teams per session will also advance to the Finals (18 total)

Semi-Finals Session One

  • Top 50 teams from the Series Point Leaderboard compete
  • Five Victory Royale winners and the six most consistent teams advance to the Grand Finals

Semi-Finals Session Two

  • 11 teams from 51st-61st on the Series Point Leaderboard join the remaining teams from Session One
  • Five Victory Royale winners and the six most consistent teams advance to the Grand Finals

Semi-Finals Session Three

  • 11 teams from 62nd-72nd on the Series Point Leaderboard join the remaining teams from Session Two
  • Six Victory Royale winners and the six most consistent teams advance to the Grand Finals

Grand Finals

  • March 5 to 6
  • 12 matches total split into two days (six each day)
  • Top-performing Duos will earn a considerable piece of $3M USD

*Tournament can end early via the new Match Point System, where if a team reaches 500 points or three Victory Royales, they'll claim their region's title

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Scoring System

Here are the various scoring systems players will need to understand for this season’s FNCS:

Qualifiers Round One & Two

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 22 Points
  • 3rd: 20 Points
  • 4th: 18 Points
  • 5th: 17 Points
  • 6th: 16 Points
  • 7th: 15 Points
  • 8th: 14 Points
  • 9th: 13 Points
  • 10th: 12 Points
  • 11th: 11 Points
  • 12th: 10 Points
  • 13th: 9 Points
  • 14th: 8 Points
  • 15th: 7 Points
  • 16th: 6 Points
  • 17th: 5 Points
  • 18th – 19th: 4 Points
  • 20th – 21st: 3 Points
  • 22nd – 23rd: 2 Points
  • 24th – 25th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

Qualifiers Round Three

  • Victory Royale: 32 Points
  • 2nd: 28 Points
  • 3rd: 26 Points
  • 4th: 24 Points
  • 5th: 23 Points
  • 6th: 22 Points
  • 7th: 21 Points
  • 8th: 20 Points
  • 9th: 19 Points
  • 10th: 18 Points
  • 11th: 17 Points
  • 12th: 16 Points
  • 13th: 15 Points
  • 14th: 14 Points
  • 15th: 13 Points
  • 16th: 12 Points
  • 17th: 11 Points
  • 18th: 10 Points
  • 19th: 9 Points
  • 20th: 8 Points
  • 21st: 7 Points
  • 22nd: 6 Points
  • 23rd: 5 Points
  • 24th: 4 Points
  • 25th: 3 Points
  • 26th – 30th: 2 Points
  • 31st – 35th: 1 Points
  • Each Elimination: 3 Points
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Semi-Finals

  • Victory Royale: 32 Points
  • 2nd: 28 Points
  • 3rd: 26 Points
  • 4th: 24 Points
  • 5th: 23 Points
  • 6th: 22 Points
  • 7th: 21 Points
  • 8th: 20 Points
  • 9th: 19 Points
  • 10th: 18 Points
  • 11th: 17 Points
  • 12th: 16 Points
  • 13th: 15 Points
  • 14th: 14 Points
  • 15th: 13 Points
  • 16th: 12 Points
  • 17th: 11 Points
  • 18th: 10 Points
  • 19th: 9 Points
  • 20th: 8 Points
  • 21st: 7 Points
  • 22nd: 6 Points
  • 23rd: 5 Points
  • 24th: 4 Points
  • 25th: 3 Points
  • 26th – 30th: 2 Points
  • 31st – 35th: 1 Points
  • Each Elimination: 3 Points

Chapter 3 Season 1 Finals

  • Victory Royale: 32 Points
  • 2nd: 28 Points
  • 3rd: 26 Points
  • 4th: 24 Points
  • 5th: 23 Points
  • 6th: 22 Points
  • 7th: 21 Points
  • 8th: 20 Points
  • 9th: 19 Points
  • 10th: 18 Points
  • 11th: 17 Points
  • 12th: 16 Points
  • 13th: 15 Points
  • 14th: 14 Points
  • 15th: 13 Points
  • 16th: 12 Points
  • 17th: 11 Points
  • 18th: 10 Points
  • 19th: 9 Points
  • 20th: 8 Points
  • 21st: 7 Points
  • 22nd: 6 Points
  • 23rd: 5 Points
  • 24th: 4 Points
  • 25th: 3 Points
  • 26th – 30th: 2 Points
  • 31st – 35th: 1 Points
  • Each Elimination: 3 Points

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Prize Distribution 

Epic Games has allocated more than $3M USD to cover all seven competitive Fortnite regions in FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1. The prize pool distribution depends purely on regional population—hence why Europe leads the way with over $1.3M USD. 

Here is the complete prize distribution per region:

  • Europe: $1,362,500
  • NA East: $637,500
  • Brazil: $418,000
  • NA West: $239,500
  • Asia: $145,000
  • Middle East: $114,000
  • Oceania: $92,000

FNCS Community Cup

The last bit of information included in Epic's FNCS blog post revolves around a Community Cup. Following a trend of late, the developers have created another FNCS-themed skin for Chapter 3 Season 1. Moreover, players can earn cosmetics for free through the FNCS Community Cup. The tournament, which goes live on February 28, offers a free outfit and Back Bling to top-performers in each region. We'll be sure to cover this in-depth later. 

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 begins February 17. Whether you are a competitor or viewer, this is the most exciting time as Fortnite's best goes toe-to-toe in search of ultimate glory. 

Stay tuned to ESTNN for more Fortnite news and updates!

Source: Epic Games

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Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.