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Competitive play returns to Fortnite with Blitz Showdown

A few weeks ago, Epic Games began testing out competitive play for Fortnite: Battle Royale. The first competitive mode, Solo Showdown, ran for about two weeks and rewarded the top 100 players with V-Bucks. Now, the latest Blitz Showdown Limited Time Mode gives us another taste of the competitive side.

Blitz Showdown LTM

Blitz Showdown is essentially the same as the regular Blitz game mode, but with a ranking system similar to its predecessor. Players can expect intense and heated gameplay due to the faster circle and increased gunfights. Similar to the original Blitz, the Showdown variant will also feature increased loot drops and increased chest spawns.

Ranking

This time around, the ranking system will be slightly different. Unlike last time when scores were based off your match placement, this time both placement and eliminations will factor into the final scores. This will put players who turtle their way to the top at a relatively bigger disadvantage. Now if you want to climb up the ladder, you will be forced to take part in gunfights, and the Blitz game mode only adds to that experience. The scoring will begin after you have played 25 matches.

Rewards

Epic Games has upped the ante regarding the rewards, as now V-Bucks will be handed out to the top 100 players of every region. However, North America West and North America East will be counted as one server region.

The rewards for this time are:

1st Place: 20,000 V-Bucks

2nd – 5th Place: 13,500 V-Bucks

6th – 100th Place: 7,500 V-Bucks

As you can see, the rewards are quite different from last time. Due to the high number of participants from last time, the top prize has been brought down from 50,000 V-Bucks to 20,000 V-Bucks. Check out the full rules of the event here.

Future of Showdown

Epic Games believes that Showdown LTMs “serve as a test of your survival talent”. The blog post says, “We’ll continue to make adjustments to future Showdown matches. Additionally, we’re looking to grow opportunities for all types of players to challenge their skills in their own way. We’ll be exploring different Showdown formats on a regular basis in the future.”

Blitz Showdown ends on June 4th at 10:00 AM ET. The standings will be updated at the conclusion of the event.

It’s safe to say that greater competitive play for Fortnite is on the horizon, especially since Epic has recently promised to provide $100 million for competitive prize pools in the game’s first year.

Farhan Ali


Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.
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