Fortnite touts $100M prize pool for World Cup and 2019 esports, new 7.6M player concurrency record


Howsabout a slice of $100,000,000? That’s the total prize pool for Fortnite‘s 2019 esports lineup, with a significant portion of that going to the World Cup, which Epic Games has revealed in full this morning.

“The road to the Fortnite World Cup begins with ten weekly Online Open qualifiers running from April 13 to June 16. Each week $1,000,000 will be on the line for eligible Fortnite players, with payouts distributed broadly. The top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duos teams from around the world will join us for the Fortnite World Cup Finals in New York City July 26-28 with a $30,000,000 prize pool up for grabs! Each one of those players will be guaranteed at least $50,000 and the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion will walk away with $3,000,000.”

There’s even a nod to people who don’t love battle royale but still dig esports – a promise of “fun custom challenges in different modes and formats.”

Epic further toots its horn about recent records the playerbase has set: Not only did 10.7M people attend the in-game Marshmello concert a few weeks back, but Fortnite “saw its best non-event day ever with 7.6M players in the game concurrently” on February 16th.

Source: Press release
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Dankey Kang

People still play Fortnite? I thought everyone was on Apex


I dunno, i don’t think BR has evolved to the point that esports matches would be any good to watch.

Whole lot of camping and downtime is gonna happen.

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I’ve yet to see a battle royale game that has esports worthy game rules and a way to convey information about what is happening on these gigantic maps while being able to show individual plays as well. As it sounds on paper, dropping 20 teams or whatever of players onto a map is too chaotic to follow. H1Z1’s television broadcasted event worked somewhat only because it was heavily edited non-live footage.

Random loot is crap for competition. In the opening minutes of matches many teams wipe just because someone else happened to land near them and get better loot. It would be such a bummer to go into a tourney rooting for a team and see them get eliminated immediately by bs like that.

It is fun to watch individual players/teams, but the experience is too inconsistent.