NOTE: this event has now happened and you can read our recap of what happened here.


While we've been enjoying Season OG for the past month, Fortnite is about to get a massive overhaul.

The battle royale's next event is set to be called the The Big Bang, and it's set to usher in a "new beginning" for the franchise.

The event will have one of the coolest crossovers, too - Epic Games have managed to book Eminem himself!

Considering most real-life festivals would kill to have him, scoring Slim Shady for Fortnite was quite the coup. As well as appearing in the event, there are Eminem skins and accessories available, as well.

Wondering when the event is taking place, or curious about what exactly is going down? We'll share all we know about The Big Bang below.

When is the Fortnite Big Bang event?

Eminem in Fortnite standing in front of a purple light
Eminem in Fortnite. Epic Games

The Fortnite Big Bang event is taking place on Saturday 2nd December 2023. This means the live event is almost exactly one year after the last one. Talk about timing.

This coincides with the expected end date of Fortnite Season 9 and X.

Parties of up to four players can get together to witness the live event at the same time as one another. Get those groups ready for when it begins. It’s set to be, ahem, explosive.

What UK time does the Fortnite Big Bang event start?

The Fortnite Big Bang event UK start time is 7pm on Saturday 2nd December 2023. You can log into the game via the Battle Royale tile half an hour earlier, from 6:30pm, to make sure you and your party (up to four teammates) are ready for it all to go down.

For those living in the US, the Big Bang event is set to start at 11am PT/2pm ET on Saturday 2nd December.

Prepare yourself for what Epic Games is describing as an event that "marks a new beginning for Fortnite".

What do we know about the Fortnite Big Bang event?

Epic Games is yet to reveal precisely what will happen during the event (these things are best left unspoilt for major surprises). We know Eminem will be involved, but in what way is still up for debate.

This hasn’t stopped leakers from revealing that the Big Bang event is the biggest live event to date, at 1.5GB. If you’d rather go into the live event without knowing anything else about it, here’s your SPOILER WARNING.

Have they left? Good. Let’s carry on.

Reliable Fortnite leaker HYPEX posted on X (formerly Twitter) some key details about the Big Bang event.

In their post, HYPEX reveals that the Fortnite Big Bang event is set to include "Eminem, LEGO, Rhythm Mode and Racing Mode". In some variety.

You can check out the post with the leaked official image below:

The Racing Mode has long been rumoured, and could be related to Rocket League in some way. Looking further ahead, Invincible skins have been leaked – presumably to be added in the next proper season following the live event at some point.

How does Eminem fit into the Fortnite Big Bang event?

Fortnite x Eminem showing a man in a suit holding a gun
Fortnite x Eminem. Epic

Eminem has now been officially revealed for the Fortnite Big Bang event, though what part the rapper will play is still yet to be announced.

It's fair to assume a concert of some kind will feature in some way. From the sounds of leaks, though, the event is not just going to be an Eminem concert.

Reliable Fortnite leaker ShiinaBR posted on X (formerly Twitter) to tell us: "This live event is NOT just a concert, not at all. Stay excited, it’s gonna be a ride!" We don’t know about you, but count us in for being excited.

Eminem could be the start of a string of famous musicians and artists involved in a Fortnite Rhythm Mode, which could be called Fortnite Festival if leaks are to be believed.

Insider Gaming reckons we could be seeing the likes of Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Toto, Imagine Dragons and Alice Cooper tracks added to the game sometime next season.

It's worth noting that all these so-called 'leaks' are rumours until proven otherwise, so take all this with a pinch of salt! Epic has confirmed that the event is happening and Eminem is involved, but everything else seems to have come from social media, and things can change at the last minute.

Is there an Eminem skin?

Eminem skins in Fortnite
Eminem skins in Fortnite. Epic

Epic confirmed a selection of Eminem skins for Fortnite on 22nd November 2023.

These will be made up of the Rap Boy, Slim Shady and Marshall Never More outfits with matching accessories. The items are available now! Check out the announcement tweet:

Anyone who attends The Big Bang event will also unlock the Marshall Magma Style for the Marshall Never More outfit, whether they purchase the skin before or after. All attendees will also walk away with The Big Bang Loading Screen.

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Fortnite is available across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android and PC (via Epic Games). Make sure to download the game and any updates well ahead of The Big Bang event to not miss out.

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