Fortnite Is Getting A Competitive Mode

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Do you believe yourself to be the very best at surviving in an environment where a) everybody wants to kill you, and b) they’re all reality-bending architecture-mancers? Well, soon you’ll have a chance to prove it. Epic is finally adding a competitive mode to Fortnite this fall.

Epic made the announcement in a state of development post today.

“We are aware of a strong desire from competitive players for more opportunities to compete directly against one another within the same match,” the developer wrote. “Development recently began for a robust competition system which will allow for all players to compete with one another and be recognized for their accomplishments.”


Players are expecting ranked play, but the exact form of the mode is still in flux. It will, however, be informed by Epic’s Bambi-like (if Bambi had millions of dollars to give to Twitch streamers) first steps into Fortnite’s competitive scene. The Summer Skirmish series has proven to be a valuable test bed for competitive formats, Epic explained.

“We have learned a lot from experiments with scoring schemes and formats, attempting to find the best balance between simplicity, entertainment, server performance and competitive integrity,” Epic said. “Expect for us to continue operating and supporting competitive events after the conclusion of Summer Skirmish as we lead into next year’s official Fortnite World Cup.”

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If anything the main thing a competitive mode needs is a skill based matchmaking system where the near professional level killers and the opposite end of the spectrum sheep are matched with other players of appropriate skill level based on your mmr or whatever they use. As it is right now it’s a dice roll if that default skin is just a player on their first month with the game or if they’ve been playing since launch and run the default skin just to fuck with people and promptly murder them after baiting them into attacking them.