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In one of its biggest events yet, Fortnite has linked arms with over 20 official football clubs to deliver a limited time event where players can compete wearing their club's kit, and explore Football Island.
On January 23rd, players will be able to select one of 10 variations of a strip to represent their favourite club in Fortnite. These are Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, West Ham United FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, VFL Wolfsburg, Sydney FC, Sporting CP, Sevilla FC, Seattle Sounders FC, Santos FC, Rangers FC, Melbourne City FC, Manchester City FC, Los Angeles FC, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Schalke 04, EC Bahia, Cerezo Osaka, Celtic FC, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Atlanta United FC, AS Roma, and AC Milan. Players will be able to swap from strips whenever they like, and Epic Games has even replicated Pelé's iconic Air Punch as an unlockable emote.
The fun doesn't stop there. The Pelé Cup begins tomorrow, where participating players will get a chance to win the Air Punch Emote and Kickoff Set for free. There are three leagues: the Open League, Contender League, and Champion League. Players earn Hype points in matches, beginning in Division 1 of Open League, and graduate through the divisions until they enter the next league. A Victory Royale scores you 20 points, but, seeing as each elimination nets you one point, it's all to play for in the arena.
Furthermore, those who are at the top of their game (quite literally) could be in for a chance to win a signed FC Santos football shirt. Information on how to do so is included in the official rules, and you can find out more right here. At the moment, Epic Games has not commented on whether goals scored in the Pelé Cup will count towards Pelé's total, but it's surely worth a shot. I'm very funny.
And, there will be an entire Football Island to explore in Creative Mode. Belinda Carlisle was right all along; heaven is a place on Earth. Thereabouts. The custom gamemode offers brackets of 4v4 matches with two rounds, where "players will use their bodies, Pickaxes, power-ups, speed boosts and more to try to outscore their opponents." The victors will progress to the next bracket in the tournament, and the other teams will duke it out for third and fourth place.
This event is very wholesome, I must say. It's likely been a long time since Sunday league football matches have been held, owing to the season and to the lockdowns in place, and this might be a cheery temporary replacement. Alternatively, I'm sure this counts under the standard "try a new sport/get fitter/be more active" New Year's Resolution. Right? Right.
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