As the Season 16 FNCS wrapped up a few hours ago, Epic Games announced to teams and organizers that there would be no live competition on Fortnite until 2022 because of the health situation linked to Covid-19.
A decision that contrasts with the rest of the big names in esport. The physical events are indeed returning very slowly on the side of the editors, as for example with Blizzard which announced three face-to-face events for the OWL 2021, or CSGO and the COD League. For Epic, it is obviously too early. The last physical event for Fortnite was the World Cup in 2019. Since then, the LANs have been stopped in favor of online events.
Epic will also not endorse physical events held on its behalf. until the second quarter of 2022. Suddenly, the manager of the North American team Elite Sports explains “not to be completely in agreement with Epic Games” but “to respect his decision and his desire to keep everyone healthy.”
Today, Epic Games informed us that they will not allow any in-person events due to the pandemic. They said they do not plan to authorize the in-person events until the second quarter of 2022, or when the global impact of COVID-19 has diminished.
A situation that therefore seems criticized among local event organizers, considering that it was necessary rather follow the recommendations of global health authorities. Further cancellations should therefore be announced for the events planned for the coming months. It will be necessary to wait until April 2022 to review competitions on stage.