Fortnite is one of the most popular multiplayer games currently, and those types of games are always better with friends. But what happens when you just want to organize some competition between friends, and all you have at your disposal are massive matches with 98 other players? This is why Fortnite has game modes that are entirely customizable, and you can edit them as you wish, even setting up 1v1 matches against your friends. Here’s how it’s done.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated in October 2023 and represents the most up-to-date mechanics in the game.
It’s possible to set up your own 1v1 map
Playing 1v1 with your friends can afford you several benefits beyond messing around with friends. You can try out new load-outs. You can explore new items, strategies, and customization options. In short, you might mess around with stuff that you wouldn’t like to mess around with while in a real match with other players that might leave, let’s say, “negative feedback” in the chat.
But, even though 1v1 is possible, it’s notoriously “hard” to set up if you’re not familiar with all the options in Fortnite. Now, 1v1 matches are created through the creative mode, your own customized island, and to access that mode, you need to navigate to the “By Epic” section of your main menu. Once there, you will be able to choose between several game modes created by Epic, like Save The World and Creative.
The full process of creating a 1v1 match goes like this:
- From the main menu, go to the lobby screen and invite your friend to your party.
- Once your friend joins your party, enter the creative mode from the main menu.
- In creative mode, set up your own island. You also choose an existing one.
- Once on the island, you need to interact with various devices around you to set up the exact game mode, permissions, and other settings to further customize your Island.
- Make sure that your friend has the permission to build and edit.
- Make sure that the game mode is set to player vs player.
- Configure other settings such as starting resources, respawn options, and other elements you would like to include.
- Once you’re done editing, you can start the match.
No two 1v1 games are exactly the same. This is why the settings are largely up to you on how you want to design it.
Joining a pre-made 1v1 game
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up your own map you can always pick and choose from a plethora of player-created maps. Some of those maps will be suggested in the lobby or you can enter codes from some of the most popular 1v1 maps around.
Some player-created maps offer access to all weapons, realistic mechanics, and fast-paced scenarios. Some are strictly training maps oriented toward aiming or building. And some maps are offering a free-for-all environment with infinite spawns, making it suitable for practicing in chaotic situations. It helps players improve their situational awareness and adaptability. In any case, there are plenty of great maps to choose from!
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