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Epic Games announces FNCS 2021 prize pool & details

Epic Games have announced their plans for the 2021 FNCS prize pool, competitive format and ruleset.

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Epic Games has released details regarding the 2021 FNCS prize pool and competitive format.

In an update posted on Januray 19, 2021, Epic Games has announced changes to the FNCS 2021 rules after community outrage regarding the prize pool distribution. Previously, Epic Games had consoles and PC in separate prize pool ladders, but now, they have brought back cross-platform competitive play and prizing.

The joining of the playerbases allows for the prize pool to increase for individual events, making the events much more lucrative for players to compete in.

FNCS Chapter 2 Season 5 Schedule

The schedule for the upcoming competitive season will be as follows:

  • Qualifier 1: February 4-7
  • Qualifier 2: February 11-14
  • Qualifier 3: February 18-21
  • Bye Week: February 25-28
  • Semi-Finals: March 5-7
  • Reboot Round: March 12 & 13
  • Finals: March 12-14

Prize pool distribution

The prize pool will be distributed into four seasons, all with a $3 million dollar prize pool spread across multiple regions depending the regions player count and competitive participation. When the year ends, the top players will all be invited to a seperate competitive series with an $8 million dollar prize pool.

You can see the prize breakdown chart below for each region:

Competitive Playlist Changes

In addition to these announcements, Epic Games have also adjusted competitive to improve the competitive integrity of ranked play in advance to the 2021 FNCS season. The changes are as follows:

  • Addition of Lever Action Shotgun
  • Vaulted Rift Fish
  • Vaulted Shockwave Grenades
  • Removal of Elevators and IO Guards
  • Sand tunneling will remain in competitive playlists and tournaments as long as it remains in the core playlists, as it is a major feature of this Season’s map.
  • We’ve made adjustments to the amount of Bars players start with in competitive playlists. We’ll continue to monitor how the Bars system fits in competitive, and will make adjustments as necessary.

As a side note, for console players, Epic Games has also announced they are planning a few Console exclusive tournaments with exclusive prizing, separate from the official prize pool.

You can read more about the prizing and competitive format changes on Epic Games official blog post.

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How to play Fortnite on iPhone & iOS devices with NVIDIA GeForce Now

Fortnite has been missing from the App Store from some time, but here’s how you can play on your iOS devices once again.

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Fortnite was removed from Apple’s App Store in 2020 but now there’s a way to play on your iPhone and iOS devices thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now.

Apple and Epic Games were locked in a legal battle surrounding in-app purchases which caused Fortnite to be removed from the App Store and iOS devices in August 2020, and fans haven’t been able to play on their iPhones since.

However, thanks to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service, Fortnite is set to return to iPhones and iPads.

Here’s how to sign up and play Fortnite on your iOS devices once again.

How to play Fortnite on iOS

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Fortnite hasn’t been made available on the App Store again, you’ll need to become a GeForce Now member and sign up for the closed beta.

Here’s everything you need to do to play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Either register or sign in to GeForce Now (you don’t need to pay for a premium membership)
  2. Register for GeForce Now’s Fortnite closed beta
  3. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and go to play.geforcenow.com. Then follow the instructions to add a home screen shortcut
  4. Keep an eye on your emails for an invitation to the closed beta
  5. Once you’re invited, you can play Fortnite through GeForce Now

This will stream a touch-friendly version of Fortnite to your Apple device, so you can get back to playing Fortnite on your mobile.

When is Fortnite coming back to iOS? Closed beta start & end date

Foundation statue in Fortnite Chapter 3 map

NVIDIA revealed that Fortnite Mobile’s closed beta will begin rolling out “later in January,” so either during the week of January 17th or 24th.

As for the closed beta’s end date, NVIDIA said that “we do not have a fixed end date at this time,” so we’ll need to wait on official confirmation.

Fortnite Season 3 characters

You can link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts once you’ve joined the closed beta.

Here’s how to link your Epic Games and NVIDIA accounts:

  1. Open GeForce Now on Safari
  2. Go to ‘settings’
  3. Find the ‘connections’ tab
  4. Select ‘Epic Games’
  5. Log in with your Epic Games account

After you do this, your entire Fortnite account will be at your fingertips. And you only need to sign in once, too.


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Image Credit: Epic Games / NVIDIA GeForce Now

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Where to find Fortnite telescope parts

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season Quest to destroy and collect telescope parts.

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Telescope in Fortnite

One of the Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests tasks you with finding and destroying three telescopes to collect their parts. Here’s how you can get this done quickly.

Fortnite’s Season Quests provide you the opportunity to earn some extra XP that will help you progress through the Battle Pass. Completing them will allow you to unlock items and cosmetic skins.

One of the Chapter 3, Season 1 Quests requires you to find and destroy three telescopes before collecting their parts in a single match. This is easy enough to do if you know where to search.

All Fortnite telescope locations

Fortnite telescope part locations

There are a total of nine telescopes on Fortnite Chapter 3’s island. These are scattered across the map at different locations. You only need to find three before destroying them so that you can collect their parts.

Here are all the telescope locations in Fortnite:

  1. North of Camp Cuddle
  2. South of Condo Canyon
  3. South-West of Coney Crossroads
  4. North East of the Daily Bugle
  5. West of Greasy Grove
  6. North of Logjam Lumberyard
  7. In Sanctuary
  8. On a small island north-east of Sanctuary
  9. On another small island east of Sanctuary

How to destroy telescope parts in Fortnite

Telescope in Fortnite

Once you find three of these telescopes, simply swing at it with your pickaxe or shoot in order to destroy it. You can then collect the components that fall off them to complete this Fortnite Season Quest.

Successfully doing this will reward you with 25,000 XP. However, you’ll need to hurry as the Quest will only remain available until January 22, 2022. After that point, you won’t be able to attempt it.


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How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite’s new Lightning weather effect, and how to get struck by it.

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Lighting in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fornite added dynamic weather with the January 11 hotfix, which makes Lightning strike the Chapter 3 island. You can get a massive speed boost by being struck by Lightning, so here’s how.

Fortnite has introduced some Battlefield 2042-style weather effects that are sure to change how you play the battle royale. These include Tornadoes and Lightning, and each gives you a nifty boost if you can get near enough.

Here’s how to get struck by Lighting in Fortnite, and what happens when you do.

How to get struck by Lightning in Fortnite

Lightning striking in Fortnite

Epic Games revealed that to get struck by Lightning, you need to go underneath a storm cloud and either stand on a blue mark, be in water, or be on the highest land point below it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting struck by Lightning:

  1. Look out for the storm clouds forming over the Fortnite island
  2. Go directly beneath the storm cloud
  3. Look for the glowing blue mark on the ground
  4. Stand on the blue mark
  5. Move off before you take any fire damage

The easiest method is looking out for the glowing blue marks on the ground. These will tell you exactly where the Lightning is set to strike, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. But be sure to move off before you take extra damage from the fire that the Lightning bolt strikes.

Luckily though, “Lightning doesn’t strike twice back-to-back,” so you don’t need to worry about getting immediately hit again.

What happens if you get struck by Lightning in Fortnite?

Getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite will deal 10 damage and give you the chili pepper speed effect for roughly 12 seconds.

You’ll need to decide if the damage is worth the speed boost, but it could give your opponent a nice surprise when you build over them faster than usual.

You’ll need to be careful though, as the Lightning bolts will set fire to anything they touch. So you’ll need to move off before you take even more damage through fire.


And that’s everything you need to know about getting struck by Lightning in Fortnite.

You can also check out everything we know about Fortnite’s leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

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