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Live Gaming Competitions

Fortnite Confirms its Return to LAN Events with the FNCS Invitational

— May 31, 2022 — Tech
Epic Games has announced the FNCS Invitational 2022 Fortnite competition, the game's first LAN event since 2019 due to the pandemic. BLAST announced a partnership with Fortnite in February to produce the entire FNCS broadcast schedule in 2022, so they will be in charge of producing the main event.

BLAST has recently expanded its services, moving away from solely focusing on CS:GO tournaments to producing Fortnite and FIFA events. The company commented on the event announcement, stating: "[We’re] passionate about leveling up esports and has been delighted to do this with FNCS over the last 12 months, with more to come. The reveal of this fantastic new set was another significant milestone in our journey, with the Finals taking place this weekend!”

The one-off Duos invitational event will occur November 12th-13th in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will offer a $1 million prize pool. The event signifies one of the first large-scale gaming events since the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as a trial run for future endeavors.

Image Credit: Epic Games
Trend Themes
1. Live Gaming Competitions - The return of LAN events in the gaming industry presents an opportunity for live streaming platforms to expand their offerings and provide more interactive experiences to fans.
2. Expansion of Esports Broadcasting Services - As more companies like BLAST expand their services to include multiple esports titles, there is an opportunity for new disruptors to enter the market with innovative production and broadcasting solutions.
3. In-person Events in a Post-pandemic World - The success of the FNCS Invitational could signal a resurgence of in-person events in the entertainment industry, leading to new opportunities for businesses in event production and management.
Industry Implications
1. Live Streaming Platforms - The rise of live gaming competitions presents an opportunity for live streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube to expand their offerings to fans and monetize these events.
2. Esports Broadcasting Services - As more esports titles gain popularity, the booming industry of esports broadcasting services offers new opportunities for companies to innovate and expand their offerings to a wider audience.
3. Event Production and Management - The return of in-person events after the COVID-19 pandemic could bring about new opportunities for businesses in event production and management, from creating unique experiences to sourcing vendors and coordinating logistics.
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