Fortnite goes huge on esports for 2019 with $100 million prize pool

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Epic Video games, maker of the extremely common Battle Royale sport Fortnite, is placing up one other $100 million in prize money for aggressive tournaments in 2019.

The corporate made waves within the esports world final 12 months, saying $100 million prize pool for the 2018 aggressive 12 months, dwarfing each different aggressive title in a single fell swoop.

This 12 months, a good portion of the $100 million can be awarded to members of the first-ever Fortnite World Cup. Every of the 200 gamers who qualify and compete will stroll away with not less than $50,000, with the winner taking house $three million.

The Fortnite World Cup will happen July 26 – 28 in New York Metropolis, providing $30 million complete in prizes. One-hundred of the highest solo gamers can be invited, together with the highest 50 duos groups.

So how do you get in on this?

Fortnite is holding weekly open on-line qualifiers, every price $1 million, from April 13th to June 16th. Eligible gamers who constantly place effectively may have a shot at being a kind of prime 200 gamers.

This announcement comes at an attention-grabbing time for Fortnite. Whereas the sport nonetheless reigns supreme by way of recognition, different Battle Royale video games are selecting up traction. Apex Legends (an EA and Respawn title), particularly, is rising in recognition. A number of of the highest Twitch streamers, together with Ninja, Shroud, Timthetatman, Excessive Distortion and Annemunition have began taking part in extra Apex and took part within the first Apex Legends Twitch Rivals match.

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Maintaining the eye of those streamers is definitely a precedence for Fortnite, and for a sport that pulls in some $300 million a month in in-game purchases, spending $100 million a 12 months is a small worth to pay.


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