The 2019 Fortnite World Cup may have been the biggest Fortnite esports event of the year, but it certainly won't be the last. On the final day of the World Cup, Epic Games announced the Fortnite Championship Series would be debuting next season.
The announcement came in the form of an on-stream PSA from caster and analyst Sundown during the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Solos Finals broadcast. "This will give players a chance to compete against the best of the best where every single result matters, with a leaderboard to track result over the course of the season," Sundown explained.
Since the addition of Nate Nanzer as Head of Competitive, Epic Game showed an ability to improve from the feedback professional Fortnite players have shared with the developer as well as the community at large. No details past the inital announcement have been released, but Sundown promised on behalf of Fortnite esports, "We also plan on stepping up our competitive efforts across the board."
I think it's a good trend that Epic Games is starting with the World Cup," Warriors professional player Sam "Twizz" Pearson said in the pre-World Cup press conference. "They're not making any changes before we play and I think that's a good precedent to set."
However, a season-by-season, consistent format would provide stability to professional players looking to take their respective Fortnite careers to the next level. Riot Games' global regular season format for League of Legends, as well as Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch League, have provided career stability and longevity players while also contributing to the growing esports infrastructure of each developer's respective game.
While there has been no confirmation, one could assume that the Fortnite Champion Series will kick off at the same time as the start of the game's 10th season on Thursday, August 1st. We will update this story as more detail become available.