The fan-favorite Friday Fortnite tournament series has been cancelled for at least a month, according to host and popular YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem.
Friday Fortnite have become a weekly tradition over the past couple of months, with fans taking a strong liking to watching their favorite streamers and pro players destroy public lobbies.
However, the competition has been cancelled until September 27, with the August 16 running being the first casualty of this decision.
This is due to a scheduling conflict a series of Trios tournaments that Epic Games themselves will be running, which will take place over the next five weeks.
“Damn, Epic is doing Trio events for five weeks, so Friday Fortnite won’t return until September 27!!!” he tweeted. “Going to focus all my energy on Minecraft Monday for next five weeks.”
The issue that KEEMSTAR is facing whenever Epic’s tournament schedule clashes with his is that the official Fortnite tournaments usually feature prize pools that are massively larger than Friday Fortnite, which is capped at $10,000 as per Epic’s rules.
Thus, many of the top content creators and pro players Keem needs to attract viewers understandably opt to play in the official competitions, leaving the YouTuber with no choice but to cancel his own.
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Of course, this isn’t the first time that he’s had to deal with this either. When Friday Fortnite was first created back in May of 2018, it ran for 10 consecutive weeks before Epic decided to kick off their Summer Skirmish, which led to Keem slamming the developers for trying to suppress his efforts.
However, this time around, he’s taken a much more subtle approach in announcing the news, knowing that there will always be a mass of loyal viewers when his tournament returns.
“When Friday Fortnite returns on September 27, it;s going to be huge due to the players’ and viewers’ love for the event,” he explained. “We stopped for a while year and came back pulling 11 million unique viewers weekly!”
Once the competition does resume, fans can expect the usual plethora of big Fortnite names to be penciled into the bracket, including FaZe Clan’s World Cup Finalist duo of Nate Hill and Funk, who won the previous two runnings and three overall.
As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this story as more information and updates become available.