Fortnite, the global gaming sensation that has over 250 million registered users and that has generated over $2.4 billion in revenue in 2018, will launch their first ever global eSports tournament in late July of 2019 with a prize-pool of $100 million, the largest prize-pool in eSports, ever. Fortnite is a free-to-play shooting and building game where players try to kill each other on a map that gets progressively smaller and smaller. The last person alive wins and so generally, most players will play by themselves.
The Fortnite World Cup will be hosted at Arthur Ashe stadium in New York City, a venue that can hold over 22,000 people, from July 26th to July 28th. Between April 13th and June 16th, online qualifiers were open to everyone in a bid to determine who would compete during the finals. Players from around the world who perform well during these online qualifiers would then get a chance to compete at the World Finals. During each week of those online qualifiers, a $1 million prize-pool was allotted to the winners and during the World Cup Finals, a prize-pool of $30 million will be allotted to the winners.
In addition to that, Epic Games is also hosting a World Cup Creative tournament where fans compete at different game modes for a chance at a prize-pool of $3 million. In order to compete at that World Cup Creative tournament, an online tournament was held whereby the winners, selected by Fortnite Captains, will get to attend the World Cup Creative tournament at New York City. To view an updated list of who’s qualified for the World Cup, go here.
Viewership will be a critical measure of how successful Fortnite’s first World Cup is. In 2018, Fortnite at one point accounted for almost half of all the viewership on the popular live-streaming site, Twitch.tv. Some Fortnite streamers were getting millions of viewers themselves, on par with some cable TV shows. If Fortnite’s first World Cup proves to be a total success, it will usher in a whole new world in the area of eSports.