Epic Games has confirmed that physical Fortnite events, such as the Fortnite World Cup, will be held online-only throughout 2021.
Epic said it has no plans to hold in-person Fortnite events next year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The publisher noted that its desire is to hold online-only events for the foreseeable and that extends even to the biggest annual events in the Fortnite calendar, such as the Fortnite World Cup.
of interest to visit too, with more expected as the season progresses.
“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” Epic announced via a blog post.
“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup. We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future.”
The upside? With seemingly fewer logistics to consider when it comes to organizing physical events, the team will be able to focus more on setting up more online events throughout the year. The publisher notes that it looks forward to “featuring more weekly tournaments, unique tournaments, and Creator Cups throughout the year”.
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If you’re curious about the current state of the game, you can check out what’s in the new Battle Pass here, alongside all the latest map changes.
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