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Fortnite Summer Skirmish week 2: start time, live stream and schedule

Epic Games takes another swing at its official Fortnite tournament

The first event in Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish series suffered from boring play mixed with a ridiculous amount of lag. Epic Games promised to learn from the situation and do better, and we’ll see if the company has kept that promise during the competitions being held today and tomorrow.

The second event in the series will take place today, July 20, at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. You can watch the livestream at the top of this post.

That’s not all for this week, however. There will be a second event on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. That competition will also be embedded at the top of this post.

The tweet from Epic Games says the competitors will be different across the two events, and they’ll be battling for a combined prize pool of $1 million. The stakes are pretty high, with the first place winner bringing in $60,000, plus any bonuses earned for high numbers of kills.

The rules have also been adjusted to avoid some of the issues from last week, when players had strong incentives to avoid gunfights and each other in their duos matches.

This week will be comprised of a series of solo matches, and there’s also now a scoring system in place. Victory royales bring in five points, each kill brings in another point, and if you’re able to take out 20 or more other players in a game, you get 10 points and a bonus $10,000.

“The player with the highest score after 10 Solo matches will be named the winner,” the Fortnite Team explained on the official page. “Victory Royales and Eliminations in this competition will be scored to determine placement at the end of the event.”

That scoring system is very similar to the one our own Austen Goslin suggested in his post about ways these tournaments could be improved. Now players more or less have to fight if they hope to win; camping and hiding should go way down with these new rules.

The golden snitch of a victory royale will no longer mean an instant win, but will instead just put a few more points on the board. That change gives everyone a reason to play as brutally as possible, which will be fun to watch. It’s also a format that’s more than a little reminiscent of the Friday Fortnite events.

This is going to be an adventure. Come watch with us!

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