Fortnite World Cup 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Fears

By | 01/05/2020



With the current global epidemic still going on, Fortnite World Cup 2020 has been canceled by Epic Games.

The massive virus pandemic that has claimed almost 300,000 lives across the world has had a massive effect on gathered events.

Events such as concerts from the likes of Lady Gaga, and sporting events including the Tokyo Olympics have been put on hold across the world.

Since eSports events attract thousands of visitors over the course of many days, it seems a good idea to also cancel these events as well.

Epic Games has confirmed that the huge event for talented Fortnite gamers has been canceled for this year.

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While the news comes as a disappointment to gamers and indeed Epic Games themselves, the company has stated that they are “hopeful” that the competition will resume for 2021.

However, in a recent Tweet, Fortnite Competetive has stated that other physical events will now be taking place online.

The Tweet states:

For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online.

Due to the limitations of cross-region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.”

So it appears that Epic Games is still dedicated to holding competitions which will now be taking place over the internet.

It is the game’s own regional limitations that have led to the World Cup being completely canceled where holding a global tournament online isn’t actually possible.

Fortnite World Cup 2020
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Because of this, the event has had to be completely cancelled.

What this means for next year’s World Cup, if there is one, remains to be seen.

Such as, whether there will be a rollover prize pot for example.

I honestly don’t think that will happen but it would be great for Fortnite players, and an even bigger reason to take part.

Last year’s Fortnite event was a massive hit and saw players walking away with a total of $30 million in prizes.

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Held in New York, the event’s winner, a talented young teen named Kyle Giersdorf, a.k.a “Bugha” won the $3 million grand prize.

Valve has also recently announced the cancellation of their DOTA 2 event, “The International“, indefinitely.

Set for an August date in Stockholm, the massive eSports event has been delayed until at least 2021.

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Valve has stated that at this point, they cannot give exact dates as to when the event will resume.

The 2020 League of Legends tournament by Riot Games has also been cut from the year’s schedule.

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While 2020 has been and will continue to be a disappointment for global events, this won’t last forever and we can all hope that things might begin to get back to normal soon.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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8 thoughts on “Fortnite World Cup 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Fears

  1. Ivan

    A good thing about Fortnite World Cup is the fact that it could be played online. Unfortunately, this pandemic has caused a lot of problems. But, I’m looking forward to the return of normal life. Thanks for sharing this news. Do you play Fortnite regularly?

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      I’m not a Fortnite player, Ivan.

      While I have a lot of respect for it, it isn’t really my cup of tea, and I suck at it as well, lol.


  2. Ashraf Abdelhamid

    Unfortunately I am not familiar with the online gaming world, but why was it cancelled?..It’s all online isn’t?…Why is the world cup cancelled and not the other online competitions?…
    I would love to be part of the online gaming world; it would be lots of fun. But good job on the post

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Ashraf, thanks for commenting.

      Fortnite is an online game, but the World Cup is played in a venue together because the regional restrictions of the game don’t allow for gamers all over the world to play together.

      The gameplay is split on regional servers, such as a European, American and Asian server so that gamers from countries on different continents can play together, however the game doesn’t allow for EU servers to play with US servers for example.

      Good question and thanks for asking,

  3. Jason

    Being a fan of Fortnite myself gutted to hear this but glad im aware of it now! Thanks

  4. Md Mohiuddin

    It’s very sad to hear the news because of the novel coronavirus many events either canceled or postponed. I’m sure the gaming fraternity will cope up with this loss.

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for commenting.

      It is unfortunate that some events have been cancelled, but fingers crossed for a bigger and better 2021.



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