So far, Fortnite Battle Royale’s limited time-only modes have focused mostly on making the game a little less competitive and a little more silly. Modes like 50v50, Blitz or even Infinity Gauntlet let players relax and play Fortnite in a totally new way, but not this time. This week’s new game mode is Solo Showdown.
For the first time, Epic is introducing a significantly more competitive mode as the limited-time mode (LTM). This mode will follow the same rules as the standard Solo game mode, but all matches will be scored: The winner of the match gets 100 points, and everyone else gets a slightly smaller amount, all the way down to 25 points for the players that place between 76 and 100.
The 100 players with the highest score when the Solo Showdown mode goes away will get a V-Buck prize straight from Epic. The prize for first place is a cool 50,000 V-Bucks, while second through fourth will take home 25,000 each.
In order to be considered an official entry into this competition, players must compete in at least 50 matches of the Solo Showdown mode. To help stop players from simply trying to spam the mode in order to raise their scores, only the results of those first 50 matches will count toward their cumulative totals. Thankfully, all players will unlock a unique spray just for completing the 50 matches, so even if they won’t win the V-Buck prize, there’s still a reason to play.
According to Epic’s announcement, this mode is just the first step in helping it learn “how to build great events for all types of players.” If that weren’t enough, Epic closes the post by mentioning that they have “a major announcement about competitive play next week.”
Solo Showdown is live now and will stay up until Monday, May 21, at 10 a.m. ET. For more information on the rules of the competition, you can check out Epic’s official rule page.