Esports tournament organiser BLAST has partnered with free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite to produce the inaugural Fortnite Champion Series All-Star Showdown.
The event is set to commence on June 23rd and features a $3m (£∼2.12m) prize pool.
The All-Star Showdown will mark the halfway stage of the 2021 Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS). The event will see players compete in a range of tournaments to determine the best players in each of Fortnite’s server regions.
Nicolas Estrup, Vice President of Product at BLAST, commented on the deal in a release: “We’re thrilled to embark on this journey with the talented people behind Fortnite Competitive and the FNCS. Being able to dedicate challenges to showcase all the intricacies of what it means to be a top Fortnite player really excites us and we hope the community will feel the same.”
According to the release, the All-Star Showdown will invite players from the top 30 FNCS trios within each of Fornite’s seven server regions (Oceania, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Brazil, North America East, and North America West).
The tournament is expected to feature brand new Fortnite Creative maps, which are said to test ‘individual player skills’. The invited top trios will also compete in a team-based, non-Battle Royale mode. The week-long event will culminate with a solo Battle Royale competition which separates all the trios to determine the best player in their server regions.
Known for hosting its Premier tournament circuit for CS:GO, BLAST is no stranger to organising tournaments outside of the popular shooter. In recent years, the organiser has hosted Dota 2 events as well as joining forces with Riot Games to host a VALORANT Ignition Series tournament
The FNCS All-Star Showdown will be broadcast globally across a number of platforms including Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter.
Esports Insider says: The deal marks the first time for BLAST hosting a battle royale tournament. Considering its success hosting its other tournaments, Epic Games and the All-Star Showdown is definitely in safe hands.