Big Fortnite: Battle Royale streamers had no luck this weekend trying to qualify for the World Cup. The Duos competition once again saw major streamers like Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins placing far from the qualifying spots in their regions.
In this weekend’s Fortnite World Cup Duos Open Qualifier, Tfue and Dennis “Cloak” Lepore were the top Twitch streamers with the best placement in the North America East servers, finishing in 84th place. They scored 57 points total, 30 short of the third place they needed to qualify. On the North America West servers, Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff got an impressive 18th placement with NioRooch by scoring 72 points—but they were still a bit off from the 99 points they needed to get first place.
Ninja and Reverse2k scored 53 points to place 130th in NA East, failing to reach top 100. They still scored more than TSM’s Ali “Myth” Kabbani and Poppin, who placed 161st with 51 points on the same server. Ali “SypherPK” Hassan and WBG’s Ranger played on the NA West servers and scored 55 points for a 101th-place finish.
Other major streamers who are usually among the top 10 most watched for Fortnite on Twitch, like Dakotaz and Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar, skipped the qualifiers, while Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop were a part of the event’s on-air talent.
Similar to week one, these placements are far from impressive. They show that famous streamers, despite being the ones who display their skill the most on Twitch and YouTube, aren’t necessarily the most skilled players in the game or the ones who have adapted the most to the World Cup format. While they have to spend time entertaining their audience, players who are only focused on competing can grind and get used to the meta and the format more efficiently than them.
All of these streamers still have four more chances to qualify for both Solo and Duos competitions. If they manage to do so, they’ll be at the Fortnite World Cup Finals from July 26 to 28 in New York City competing for the lion’s share of the $30 million prize pool.