On June 22, Epic Games published a blog post that outlined the Fortnite Season 3 competitive schedule, an “evaluation period” for new items, and a clearer methodology on competitive bans, going forward.
Let’s start with what everyone wants to know: the Fortnite Champion Series Season 3 schedule. As previously reported, this season will be another Solo FNCS competition. Trios will be available for Cash Cups and, potentially, Hype Nites. Here’s the full schedule for Season 3 competitive Fortnite. Of course, all dates are subject to change.
- Contender-Only Trios Cash Cups: Every Wednesday from July 15 – August 12
- Champion-Only Trios Cash Cups: Every Wednesday from July 15 – August 12
- Platform Cash Cups: Every Thursday from July 16 – August 13
- Hype Nite: Every Sunday from July 19 – August 16
- FNCS Qualifier 1: August 1
- FNCS Qualifier 2: August 2
- FNCS Qualifier 3: August 8
- FNCS Qualifier 4: August 9
- FNCS Finals: August 14 – August 16
Competitive integrity updates
Epic also dedicated a section of the blog post to an update on competitive integrity. Before now, competitive Fortnite bans seemed to be relatively random. We saw two-week bans, 30-day bans, and permanent bans for different infractions. This release makes things a lot clearer and shows that Epic are taking things more seriously, this season.
You can take a look at the full list of rules here, but Epic updated its eligibility policy in regard to breaking these rules. “If a player is caught breaking an official rule that results in a 30-day or longer competitive ban, that player will also be ineligible for the next Season’s FNCS (or other pinnacle event), regardless of competitive ban timing,” the blog reads.
The team also took aim at using multiple accounts and “surfing.” Players can no longer restart a tournament on an alternate account or use a “smurf account” to play in tournaments. This season, Epic are planning on hosting Cash Cups for lower-ranked Arena levels. They have a…