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E3 2018: Fortnite World Cup with $100 million prize money set for 2019

This is the biggest tournament prize pool of any eSports we have seen yet.

  • Published: June 13, 2018 9:25 AM IST
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Fortnite has become a phenomenon, and has rocketed to significance since adapting the battle royale mode. And a few days back Epic Games declared that it will be hosting a tournament that will have a prize pool worth $100 million. The devs gave us some more details at its Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am event at E3 2018, where 100 celebrity streamers competed against each other to raise money for charity.

Epic Games declared that the prize pool of $100 million will be spread out over a number of different “organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world,” according to the devs blog.

Since it has been announced by Epic Games what the prize pool will be, we can only assume that it will not be the crowd-funded prize pool that we have been seeing for all Dota 2 The Internationals so far. And the company is taking a very different approach from the other eSports leagues, for example the Overwatch League by Blizzard. “This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either,” says the post.

The qualifier are all set to begin sometime in fall this year while the main tournament will be taking place late in 2019. It’s a mystery whether the tournament will look like anything we have seen so far in the world of eSports. Here are the finer details from the blog post by Epic Games.

We’ll be supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win. Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers begin in Fall 2018, and culminate in the first Fortnite World Cup in late 2019. Whether you’re in the competition or watching at home, we want this to be fun for everyone.

What about the specifics? The $100,000,000 will be split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe. Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.

This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.

Rules, Player Code of Conduct, specifics about platforms and Fall 2018 schedule are on the way. If you’re interested in learning more about Fortnite competitive play sign up here. Stay tuned for more!

  • Published Date: June 13, 2018 9:25 AM IST