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Fortnite Ranking System: How it Works

Source: Wallpaper AccessSince battle royale mode came out for Fortnite in 2017, the game surged in popularity. But in the past couple of years, Fortnite released a new game mode, Arena. The Arena is the exclusive competitive game mode for Fortnite. If you are looking to test your mettle against other players, Arena is the game mode for you. It's Fortnite’s ranked play. And this is how it works.

Fortnite Ranked

Fortnite Game Modes

There are three different game modes within Arena: Solos, Duos, and Trios. The names directly relate to how many people are on your team, and they largely speak for themselves. One thing to note is that the Duos and Trios game modes rotate in and out with each season.  

Fortnite Hype

First things first, “hype” is the word for rank points in Fortnite (similar to MMR in other online games). At the end of the game, players are awarded hype based on their number of eliminations and final placement within a match.

Earning hype is how a player progresses through each division and league in the Arena game mode. Once players reach a certain rank, it will cost them hype to play a game in Arena. This is called Bus Fare, and it increases as a player proceeds through the three different leagues that make up Ranked play in Fornite: Open League, Contender League, and Champion League.

Fortnite Arena Ranks: Three Leagues

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All players start in the Open League. This is the first and easiest league to play in. The bus fare is 0 hype throughout this league, which is split into four divisions that ascend as a player gets better. Division 1 is the lowest, and Division 4 is the highest. After a player earns over 2,000 hype, they proceed to the Contender League.

Contender League represents the middle of the pack as far as player skill is concerned. This is where things get more serious. Each game in the Contender League will cost hype points to play. And the bus fare increases with each division in Contender, making it more and more difficult for a player to move on. The Contender League is split into three divisions. A player must earn 7,500 hype to progress out of Contender Division 3 and into the Champion League.

Champion League is reserved for the best of the best. It is split into three divisions just like the Contender League, but the Bus Fare goes up significantly. In addition, you can be sure that the skill of the players will also be on a completely different level. This League is hard to get into and hard to stay in. But those players who find themselves good enough to stay here also earn themselves a chance to play in Fortnite’s top tournaments.

Gateway to professional play in Fortnite

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And this is perhaps what makes Fortnite’s Ranked play so unique. Reaching the Champion League allows players to attempt to qualify for the FNCS (Fortnite Champion Series) and the Fortnite World Cup. No need for a team to recruit you or for an agent/organization to pick you up like in other esports. In Fortnite, reaching the top of the Arena game mode is a direct gateway to a career playing Fortnite professionally.

Getting Better at Fortnite

If all this talk of ranked and proving your metal made you hungry to get better or simply excited to get involved in the Fortnite community, we got you covered. At Vanta Leagues, we believe in providing a simple  opportunity for players to meet other people who are passionate about Fortnite and want to hone their skills. If you are interested in joining our Vanta Leagues community, check out our ,gamer’s page.

Want to learn more about Fortnite? We have several options, such as the chance to schedule a private coaching session with one of our expert coaches. Also, you can check out our esports camps which we host periodically

Garrett White lives in Houston Texas with the most amazing woman in the world, his wife. Any time he isn’t running D&D, playing video games, or reading a book, he is writing short stories and articles about one of those things.

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