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The NBA is coming to Fortnite in the form of outfits, challenges and a Fortnite Creative hub world. Crossover skins and a new dribbling emote will come to the battle royale’s item shop on May 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

What players need to know about The Crossover

  • Sign up for NBA Team battles to compete in challenges and earn rewards from May 19-21
  • A new Fortnite Creative hub is coming on May 25
  • Special player cosmetics will come on May 21

New challenges will come alongside NBA Team Battles, a four-day competition that sees players join their favorite team and compete in-game for rewards. Players will compete across the standard battle royale mode and various limited-time modes. Each team is limited to the first 15,000 players, so they’ll want to join now to take part. Throughout the even, as well as at the end, V-bucks, special back-blings and other items will be given out as rewards.

The first challenge tasks players with engaging with any mode for 24 minutes.

“During the first three days of the Fortnite x NBA Team Battles (May 19-21), Challenge Tasks will be shared on the Team Battles website that Members and Fans can start completing to unlock in-game rewards,” Epic announced on their official site. Rewards include V-bucks, an NBA championship trophy back bling, in-game sprays and more.

Select NBA players will also be sharing their preferred cosmetics in the item shop. Players will be able to purchase the same cosmetics used by Trae Young and Donovan Mitchell. They’ll pop up on the item shop throughout the event.

More coming to Fortnite Creative

A new welcome hub featuring the NBA will also be coming to Fortnite Creative, which players can check out on May 25.

The entire NBA crossover is meant to promote the NBA playoffs that kick off on May 22. These crossovers are nothing new as Fortnite has partnered with the NFL several times before, as well as individual players. Soon, players will see a plethora of NBA jerseys in-game, though.


Aron Garst looks at esports from a different point of view by tackling the ways games are molded and broken by players around the world. He covers Call of Duty, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros, and everything else for Upcomer. You can read his previous work at WIRED, Rolling Stone, ESPN and elsewhere. Rise up red sea.


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