The Fortnite World Cup is known as the name of the esports competition that is usually held every year. As you can guess, this one is based on the video game called Fortnite, with the inaugural final events taking place between July 26 to 28 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, the United States.
There are two game modes used in Fortnite that are available to the video game. It is a Battle Royale game where up to 100 players airdrop onto the island without any weapons, armor, and healing items, as well as using their pickaxe in order to knock down existing features to gather wood, stone, and metal resources. Everything should be done to avoid the attacks from the other players, as well as staying within a shrinking circle on the map or risk-taking fatal damage outside it.
Epic Games has revealed more details on its previously announced Fortnite World Cup and it will boast a $30 million prize pool. Taking place over July 26 to 28, 100 solo players and 50 duos will head over to New York to compete in the tournament. Each player who takes part is guaranteed at least $50,000 in winnings.
The news about the Fortnite World Cup prize pool comes from the esports update from Epic Games, where they also explained how it planned and on giving away much of its pledged $100 million prize pot for the 2019 season. There will be 10 weekly online qualifiers for the tournament starting April 13, with $1,000,000 on the line each of them.
Furthermore, developers will continue to dish out $1,000,000 each week through to the end of the year through separate tournaments that will feature a lot of different modes and formats. Aside from that, they will also provide tournament tools and prizes to choose partners in order to improve the presence of Fortnite esports in further countries and regions.
The annual event called Fortnite World Cup was announced for the first time during the Fortnite’s ProAm event at E3 in June last year. Epic Games first pledged to distribute $100 million in Fortnite World Cup winnings last May, alongside with the release of details on the first ever official esports push of the game.
The most prestigious prize in esports to date came from Dota 2’s “The International 8” that saw OG take home $11,234,158 in prize money of total $25,532,177, working out at more than $2,000,000 a player. Epic Games have now smashed that out of the water, with a staggering $3,000,000 guaranteed to the winner of the solo discipline.
The insider of esports says that Epic Games definitely is not messing about when it comes to the esports presence of Fortnite. While some people might look down their nose at the game or straight up ridicule its competitive efforts, Fortnite World Cup is the biggest prize pool an esports event has ever had and indicates the dedication of Epic Games towards the industry.