With winter only weeks away, Epic's ready to get Fortnite players' blood pumping with the Winter Royale. This next online tournament is bound to be a big one with $1,000,000 in prizes to win throughout.

After the rather disastrous Summer Skirmish, I wouldn't blame anyone for being hesitant going into another huge online competition. However, this isn't just another competition, no, this is a testing piece for next year's Fortnite World Cup.

Good news all around, the Winter Royale is open to all players starting on November 24th and will be conducted through two parts - the qualifiers and the finals. When qualifiers are in full swing, there'll be plenty of chances to get in on the action as it's your highest score that counts.

According to the recent blog post, the Winter Royale will use the same settings as the Pop-Up Cups currently available in your events tab. These temporary online tournaments will help Epic test out all sorts of adjustments to make future experiences even better.

No doubt this'll hopefully prevent the horrendous lag issues experienced during the Summer Skirmish from happening again.

If you're interested in taking part in the Winter Royale, the open qualifiers take place from November 24th - November 25th. Once the top competitors are selected, there'll be two finals: Europe finals (from November 30th - December 1st) and North American finals (From December 11th - December 12th). Currently only NA and EU regions will be able to take part in this tournament.