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Fortnite Gauntlet: What is Bus Fare?

The Fortnite Gauntlet is now live, giving you a chance to compete against the very best Fortnite players in the world. For the most part, it's just like the Fortnite you know and love, but we're here to explain some of the more intricate elements, including scoring and Bus Fare.

You can play the Gauntlet Test Event Solo, or in Duos with a partner, with the top 5% of players moving on to the finals which will be held at the weekend. If you manage to place in the top 3%, you'll be able to take part in the Scallywag Weekend Cash Cup.

Fortnite Gauntlet Test Event Tournament

It’s all well and good getting a cheeky Victory Royale here and there, but the Fortnite Gauntlet Tournament is all about consistency.

To play you compete in regular matches of Fortnite, but with the added objective of trying to score points to add to your running tally. The top 5% of players with the most points around the world progress to the finals this weekend.

Fortnite Gauntlet Test Tournament Scoring

  • Victory Royale = +3 Points
  • Top 5 = +2 Points
  • Top 10 = +2 Points
  • Top 25 = +3 Points
  • Each Elimination = +1 Point

The points that you accumulate for reaching higher places are cumulative, so for example, if you finish in 3rd place, you get 7 points - 3 for hitting the top 25, 2 more for the top 10, then a final 2 for reaching the top 5.

If you score the Victory Royale that’s a total of 10 points added to your tally.

This scoring system rewards a careful balance between an aggressive play-style where you can rack up lots of points for more eliminations, and staying alive for the majority of the game.

Do you force the situation and push for risky eliminations, or hide in a bush until the last three for guaranteed points? This is what really separates out the best-of-the-best.

As we said earlier, you have until March 16 to place in the top 5% of players if you want to move on to the finals.

Fortnite Scallywag Weekend Cash Cup

If you manage to place in the top 3% of all players by 12 am ET/ 4 am GMT/ 9 pm PT on March 16 in either the Solo or Duo Gauntlet, you'll be able to participate in the Scallyway Weekend Cash Cup. The winner will take home a cool $100,000.

The cup will be held over March 16 and 17, with round one for all players who are eligible and round two for the top 3000 players from the previous round.

More details will be revealed this week, so check back here for more information.

Fortnite Gauntlet Bus Fare

Another thing you might have noticed looking at or playing games in the event is “Bus Fare”.

This is a tax that gets deducted from your final score to reward players for skilful gameplay. The Bus Fare makes it so you can’t just jump into game after game, score a quick-and-dirty elimination right at the start, get killed straight away, and keep racking up points like that.

Your score can’t go below zero though, so for example, if you drop in and get one elimination, then get killed with more than 25 players left, you’ll get 0 points, not -1.

Good luck in the tournament, you’ll need it to reach the finals!

For all the rest of the new additions to Fortnite this week, check out the patch notes.

Plus the Season 8 Week 2 challenges are going live soon, and we’ve got guides up already, including how to visit the furthest north, south, east, and west points of the island.

Fortnite Season 8 Weekly challenges

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James suffers so you don't have to. Whether it's raging so hard at Sekiro that he bit his own hand, or confronting a 20-year fear of zombies to complete Resident Evil 2 eight times, he creates guides and reviews for the biggest blockbuster games. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism and a BA in Linguistics that he never got a chance to flex until Wordle came along.

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