Fortnite is the global gaming sensation that has over 250 million registered users and generated over $2.4 billion in revenue in 2018. They will launch the Fortnite World Cup, their first-ever global esports tournament in late July 2019 with a prize pool of $100 million. And that is the largest prize pool in eSports ever. Fortnite is a free-to-play shooting and building game. 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 When, Where and How
The Fortnite World Cup will take place at Arthur Ashe stadium in New York City. It’s a venue that can hold over 22,000 people. The competition will run 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 performed well during these online qualifiers 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. But during the World Cup Finals, they will allot a prize-pool of $30 million to the winners.
The World Cup Creative Tournament
In addition to that, Epic Games is also hosting a World Cup Creative tournament. That is where fans compete at different game modes for a chance at a prize pool of $3 million. To compete at the World Cup Creative tournament, an online tournament took place. Fortnite captains select the winners who 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.