Battle Royales are a genre of video games that combine various different video game concepts and genres into one. They are mainly a blend of FPS, Online Multiplayer, exploration and survival. Some battle royales put other layers and twists on top of that premise to be unique from other battle royales. For example, the construction feature in Fortnite.
A typical battle royale game can involve dozens or up to hundreds of players inside a region. Players need to find and equip themselves by scavenging the area for weapons and equipment. The playable area shrinks over time to push the players into closer proximity of each other and dissuade camping.Players need to fight each other until there is only one player standing.
The popularity of Battle Royale games has skyrocketed in the past 3-4 years, especially since the advent of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegound (PUBG) and Fortnite Battle Royale.
Some popular Battle Royales are:
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground is an online multi-player battle royale developed and published by PUBG Corporation in 2017,before they were acquired by Bluehole.
There are 9 distinct regions in competitive PUBG, all taking part in competitive seasons, aligned on the calendar to create a full slate of professional leagues and tournaments all around the globe.
The 9 regions include North America, Europe, Korea, China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Oceania, Latin America and Southeast Asia. All PUBG Esports events are governed by SUPER (Standard and Universal PUBG Esports Ruleset), professional matches pitting 16 squads of four players against each other. All games are played in FPP exclusively.
PUBG Global Series was a major tournament series organized by PUBG Corporation in early 2020, which was supposed to culminate in the PUBG Global Championship later down the year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PUBG Global Series:Berlin has been cancelled and replaced with the PUBG Continental Series online competition.
The PUBG Continental Series Charity Showdown will be held across 4 regions from May 14 – May 31,2020. The regions are: Asia, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
PCS ASIA Charity Showdown Schedule
- Week 1: May 15, 17
- Week 2: May 22, 24
PCS Europe Charity Showdown Schedule
- Group Stage Week 1 (24 Teams): May 15-17
- Group Stage Week 2 (24 Teams): May 22-24
- Grand Finals (16 Teams): May 29-31
PCS APAC Charity Showdown Schedules
- Week 1: May 14, 16
- Week 2: May 21, 23
PCS North America Charity Showdown Schedule
- Grand Finals: May 21-24
Four Angry Men
Buiriram United Esports
Northern Lights Team
Global ESPORTS xSSET
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play multi-player battle royale video game developed and published by Epic Games. Although it is based on a traditional battle royale, it has other elements on top that make it stand out from the rest of the battle royale crowd. It has a unique construction system that requires players to gather resources to craft walls, platforms, obstructions, etc on the fly for offensive or defensive purposes. It has options to play solo, or in squads of two or three. Released in 2017, it quickly became the most popular ,most watched and most played game in the world.
Fortnite World Cup
Fortnite World Cup is an annual Esports competition of Fortnite, organized by Epic Games. The first Fortnite World Cup was held in 2019 from July 26 to July 28,2019.
The 2020 Fortnite World cup has been cancelled for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Although the seasonal online championship events are still on.
Fortnite Championship Series is Fortnite’s flagship tournament series that is open to championship rank players.
Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2 Season 2 is the official league for Chapter 2: Season 2. Starting on March 13, 2020, each week Epic Games will be holding online qualifiers for the Champion Series: Season Finals in seven regions. The series has solo, duo and trio qualifiers.
FNCS is another round of competitions held by Fortnite and Epic Games, where successors of previous championships and best of each region are invited.E.g.
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals.
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals.
- The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals.
- The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals.
- Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic.
Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2 Season 2
2020-03-13 to 2020-04-19
Start: May 9,2020
Battle Royale Betting
Battle Royales have been a topic of contention within the Esports community. Many believe they are not a viable Esport due to the unpredictable nature and randomness of every match in the game. Loot drops are randomized around the map so there is a lot upto luck of the players that can give them advantage or disadvantages. Moreover, some times a skilled player can be sniped across the map by a much worse player than him and he might not even have the chance to react or see his attacker before he’s dead. Due to this element of randomness, it can affect your ability to bet on players as the performance and skill and statistics can go out the window any second over any small mistake by the player
PUBG is THE most popular game on Steam, at its peak, regularly hitting 2–3 million daily users. The game already incorporates a lot of betting features as part of its gaming experience and has an existing, large betting community that is expanding every day. PUBG fans can find lots of betting sites out there on which they can wager on their favourite game. More and more people are becoming interested in Esports betting all the time, but PUBG is still relatively new to the Esports betting scene. As such, PUBG betting is mostly done for in-game skins which are highly sought after. Much like CS: GO skin betting.
PUBG betting is still relatively new to the industry, with looser regulations than traditional sportsbooks or online casinos. There are a few factors you can look out for in order to tell if a site seems reliable or not. Look out for sites with consistent traffic from a large number of players, a site that offers multiple games/options to punters, and lastly, offers betting on established Esport titles like CounterStrike: Global Offensive, as these sites are probably the most safe and reliable.
There are four main types of bets that can be made on the game
Jackpot games, in which players build a jackpot by wagering their loot or skins. The value of the loot wagered dictates a player’s odds of winning. Once a bet is closed, these sites usually make a random spin to determine a winner who takes the entire pot, minus a small commission taken by the site.
Coin Flips are another type of game, in which 1 on 1 bets are placed, with each player having an equal chance of winning.
PUBG Roulette is the next type of game available, similar to its traditional counterpart, players making wagers on colours.
The last type of game is called Crash, in which players make wagers and then watch a graphic that has their win rate number inside. The higher the number, the more you win, players being required to cash out before the game ends by ‘crashing’.
Some websites facilitating PUBG Betting are:
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite betting can be done at many Esports betting sites when there are professional competitions underway or coming up. The Esports scene surrounding Fortnite is expanding rapidly, with over 250 million people playing it globally.
Making a Fortnite Bet
When it comes to betting on Fortnite, especially for the World Cup, there are two basic bet types you can make. Each will net you some major cash if you bet correctly.
One of the easier bets you can make is a moneyline wager. This involves you simply picking a winner outright. If you think Ninja is going to take it all, you would place a straight-up bet on him.
Let’s say you bet $40 on Ninja and he wins, you’d get a payout of $760–your original $40 is returned along with your winnings of $720.
Prop betting is available at most Esports betting sites and allows you to wager on factors like:
- Top 3 finishers – Who will be the top three players left standing before the final.
- Region – This isn’t where the player is from, but where their server is located (Asia, Brazil, Europe, North America East, North America West, Oceania)
- Solos – Which player will win it all (somewhat like the moneyline)
- Duos – Which duo will come out on top (also like the moneyline)
Some websites facilitating PUBG Betting are:
Tips for betting:
Landing Spot can decide the future of a player early on in the game. Look at the player. If he’s going to land in a hub, he is more likely to run into a lot of other opponents. There is a high chance of death but the risk can be worth it as it also means more potential kills. Some players prefer a defensive approach by landing in secluded spots.
Look out for good builders. A player who understands the mechanics of the game and masters it will probably succeed more. Late game strategies often involve assaults and trench warfare through building skills. Anybody skilled in that will have a natural advantage.
Although skill is one thing, weapons/equipment can affect players’ chances of success.
Rifles, Shotguns, Snipers, Rocket launchers etc, all can affect the tide of battle in an assault depending on your team’s inventory.
Focusing on the weaponisation of the team will allow you to garner insight on how the odds may change as the game ticks towards a conclusion.
You can also use the Fortnite Tracker for leaderboards and detailed statistics. Granted, the matchmaking tends to mix veterans with newcomers, but you can still see the best stand out from the rest.
Following Twitch Streamers will help people to make better decisions on whom to pick. Streamers and Pro are more likely to compete and win, narrowing down your choices. It’s not advised to look up all 100 players in a match to make analysis. Pros and streamers make for more reliable choices because they are at the top for a reason and you are well acquainted with their skills and tactics. Which makes them dependable.
Although the Fortnite competitive scene may not be as abundant as we would like, there are some standout teams to follow that dominate the Esports scene like C9,FaZe Clan, OptiC gaming, etc. They can be some reliable choices to favor.
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