More than halfway through the eight-week Fortnite Summer Skirmish series, fans and players alike have learned things about the competitive community in Fortnite—and Epic Games shared an update on the series.
Epic released some interesting stats, spotlighted some key performers, and discussed tournament formats in a blog post on its website today. In the post, Epic talked about the needed improvement in server performance, as well as the spectator experience.
While players may be having fun in a game, Epic has found it difficult to make the matches into a viewing experience that rivals the playing experience. It can’t use the same spectating system it used in the Celebrity Pro-Am tournament at E3, which has made them broadcast each player’s stream instead.
Another problem that Epic addressed in the post was the lack of live stats. With no constantly-updated scoreboard in-game, fans and casters sometimes have trouble following along with who’s winning and who’s chasing down the leader. Epic said its analytics team is working on a solution and it hopes to “soon be able to deliver information of all kinds to Fortnite viewers more quickly during events.”
Formats—something very important to viewers—have been the main experiment in the Summer Skirmish series. Each week, there has been an altered scoring system that rewards certain things more than others.
Epic said in today’s blog post that it values simplicity, tension, and “upholding the integrity of Battle Royale.” This almost certainly means Epic won’t back down on its insistence that Victory Royales remain the main goal in a Fortnite competitive ruleset.
In addition to its review of the inner-workings of the Summer Skirmish, Epic took a look at some of the most interesting statistics and players thus far. Of the stats, it was revealed that TSM streamer Jimmy “HighDistortion” Moreno had the longest elimination at 267 meters.
The best players in the tournament series were highlighted, including Vivid, Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie, Reverse2K, and Domeniks “Domentos” Bunts, who have all become stars over the last five weeks.