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Fortnite: How To Watch $5 Million FNCS Grand Royale & Earn Twitch Drops

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ESTNN breaks down the first-ever FNCS Grand Royale event, including a recap of the format and prize pool, and critical viewership details.


On the heels of Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Season 8, it’s a quick turnaround for many of the world’s best players. Epic Games announced the inaugural FNCS Grand Royale event a few months ago, which boasts a $5M USD prize pool spread across seven competitive regions. This trios competition features a complex format and the most significant prize payout of the entire year.

Epic released the format and qualification process last month, which we analyzed in-depth. Today, the developers released more information, including broadcast times, Twitch Drops and more that we will cover ahead of the $5M USD Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 8 Finale. So join us as we analyze the important details of the first-ever FNCS Grand Royale.

Format & Dates

The FNCS Grand Royale format is challenging to understand, so be sure to check out our complete comprehensive breakdown linked above. Remember, the only players eligible to participate should have reached a single-set lobby round of a recent FNCS tournament. That includes round four of a weekly qualifier, the FNCS Semi-Finals or the Season Finals.

Here is a quick refresher of the format and dates:

Load Session (November 12)

  • Open format for invited players
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches per team
  • The top 33 teams qualify for the Victory Path, whereas the others drop down to the Reload Path

Reload Path (November 13)

  • The field includes all teams that did not qualify in the Load Session
  • Three separate three-hour sessions
  • A maximum of ten matches per session
  • The top eight teams in each session qualify for the Victory Path (24 total)

Victory Path (November 14)

  • Four separate sessions
  • Eight games per session (32 total)
  • Victory Royale winners in each match advance to the FNCS Grand Royale Finals
  • After each eight-game session, the eight Victory Royale winners will move directly to the finals and will exit the Victory Path
  • Those eight spots will then be occupied by the top eight teams from the previous Reload Session to make a full lobby of 33 teams again
  • Teams that place 2nd-10th in each game will receive Consistency Points
  • The team with the most cumulative Consistency Points after the Victory Path sessions will advance as the 33rd team in the Finals
  • Here are the consistency point values in the Victory Path:
    • 2nd Place – 20 Consistency Points
    • 3rd Place – 15 Consistency Points
    • 4th Place – 10 Consistency Points
    • 5th Place – 8 Consistency Points
    • 6th Place – 6 Consistency Points
    • 7th Place – 4 Consistency Points
    • 8th Place – 3 Consistency Points
    • 9th Place – 2 Consistency Points
    • 10th Place – 1 Consistency Point
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FNCS Grand Royale Finals (November 20-21)

  • Two days of competition
  • 12 matches total (six each day)
  • Teams cumulative score across the two days will determine their final placement

Scoring Systems & Prize Distribution

Here is a quick refresher of the different scoring systems involved in the FNCS Grand Royale:

Load & Reload Session

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th: 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

Grand Royale Finals: Day One

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

Grand Royale Finals: Day Two

  • Victory Royale: 60 Points
  • 2nd: 52 Points
  • 3rd: 48 Points
  • 4th: 44 Points
  • 5th: 42 Points
  • 6th: 40 Points
  • 7th: 38 Points
  • 8th: 36 Points
  • 9th: 34 Points
  • 10th: 32 Points
  • 11th: 28 Points
  • 12th: 26 Points
  • 13th: 24 Points
  • 14th 22 Points
  • 15th: 20 Points
  • 16th: 18 Points
  • 17th: 16 Points
  • 18th – 24th: 10 Points
  • Each Elimination: 4 Points

Prize Distribution

  • EU – $2,250,300
  • NAE – $1,055,250
  • Brazil – $699,300
  • NAW – $398,850
  • Asia – $248,400
  • Middle East – $198,400
  • Oceania – $151,800
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How to Watch the FNCS Grand Royale

As with any Fortnite tournament, there are countless viewing options available. Many of the world’s top players will stream their perspectives, so you’ll need to check the Twitch directory or Twitter to see who plans on going live. Additionally, Epic Games will host its official broadcast for the FNCS Grand Royale Finals on November 20 and 21.

Be sure to tune into Fortnite’s channels on November 19, where Epic will broadcast the first-ever Hype Hour Show. The Hype Hour Show includes a recap of the year in competitive Fortnite, player interviews and an announcement regarding plans for 2022. That stream goes live at 3 PM ET on November 19.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the FNCS Grand Royale Finals:

Europe

North America

  • NA region broadcast links: YouTube (youtube.com/fortnite) / Twitch (twitch.tv/fortnite)
  • Show Begins: 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT
  • NAE Live Coverage: 3:45pm ET / 12:45pm PT
  • NAW Live Coverage: Approximately 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
  • Broadcast Ends: Approximately 7:15pm ET / 4:15pm PT

Brazil

  • BR region broadcast link: Portuguese (twitch.tv/brasil_fortnite)
  • Show Begins: 3:50pm BRT
  • BR Live Coverage: 4:15pm BRT
  • Broadcast Ends: Approximately 7:30pm BRT

Asia

  • Asia region broadcast link: Japanese (twitch.tv/FortniteJP)
  • Show Begins: 4:50 PM JST
  • BR Live Coverage: 5:15pm JST
  • Broadcast Ends: Approximately 8:30 PM JST

How to Earn Grand Royale Twitch Drops

Three Twitch drops from the FNCS Grand Royale event are shown on a blue background.

Twitch Drops are back for the FNCS Grand Royale. The cosmetics included in this round are an Emoticon, Spray and Loading Screen. To earn these, you’ll need to link your Twitch account to your Epic Games account and watch a stream with “Drops Enabled” stated in the title. Once you’ve unlocked a cosmetic, you can claim it first on Twitch and then in Fortnite.

Be sure to tune in to see who claims the FNCS Grand Royale title in each of Fortnite’s seven competitive regions. Check back here for more information ahead of the $5M USD competition!

Featured Image: Epic Games

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