What’s New for Competitive in Chapter 2

10.18.2019
By The Fortnite Team

Chapter 2 Season 1 Arena


With a new Season (and Chapter!) comes a full Hype reset in Arena Mode. As before, Arena will continue to mirror the focus of Fortnite Champion Series this season, with Squads Arena available now. Like last season, Solo Arena will also be available. Climb to Champion League to unlock Fortnite Champion Series tournaments.

Fortnite Champion Series Update


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) returns next month and will continue the seasonal cadence of Competitive Fortnite. Starting on November 1, there will be a three-round Squads event each weekend for four weeks. Similar to last season, we will be advancing the top teams each week from each region to the Chapter 2 Season 1 Finals. We will continue to award Series Points based on each team’s final placement every week during the FNCS to determine team placement on the Series Leaderboard. Like before, the top performers on this leaderboard will also advance to the Season Finals. 

We’re making some small adjustments this season. For Chapter 2 Season 1, we’re moving more qualification spots to the individual weekly qualifiers, and will source fewer teams from the Series Leaderboard. Our goals here are to 1) give players more opportunities to play with different squads without totally harming their chances of qualification and 2) retain the value of consistent competitive play over the course of the season for the squads who wish to remain together. Additionally, trades will not be allowed between any qualified teams.

The Season Finals will be held online for each region on December 6 - 8 to determine who will be crowned the Chapter 2 Season 1 Champions. 

This Season, we’ll be giving away $5,000,000 in total prizes across all regions and competitions, including weekly Cash Cups and new platform specific tournaments.

FNCS Warmup


The weekend before the start of FNCS, we will hold an FNCS Warmup. This will be a non-cash practice tournament. Hop in with your squad to try new rotations, sharpen your skills, and prepare for this Season’s competitive kick off! 

Audio Improvements


With the release of Chapter 2, we’re excited to share that we’ve added a setting to improve audio. Tested by members of the competitive community, by toggling on the “3D Headphones” mode in the Audio Options menu, the mode will improve spatialization of tactically-important sounds. 

What does that mean? You’ll have a better sense of sounds above, below, and behind you! Please note: we recommend stereo headphones for this mode, and the mode will not work if you have the “Visualize Sound Effects” accessibility option enabled. Jump in and try it out!