Fortnite smashes esports records with $100million in prize money being given away over the next year
- Epic Games confirmed that the game will soon get its first esports tournaments
- However, details of the exact format and competitors are yet to be announced
- The $100m in prizes almost exceeds all of 2017’s prize pools combined ($113m)
Fortnite is taking over the world, the free-to-play game has skyrocketed in popularity and has even broken into the mainstream.
With the game’s massive viewership on Twitch, it was only a matter of time until we heard of official Fortnite esports tournaments. That day has finally come as Epic Games confirmed that the game will have tournaments over the next year.
There will be a 2018-2019 season and Epic Games will provide an earth shattering $100million (£74m) for the tournaments’ prize pools.
Fortnite will have esports tournaments and Epic Games are investing $100m into prize pools
The eye watering amount blows every esports title out of the water, coming close to the entire amount of prize money handed out in 2017 across all esports titles – approximately $113m/£84m.
It also obliterates DOTA 2’s record for the most handed out in a year ($38m/£28m) and will probably beat the game’s record for the highest amount of a single tournament, currently held by the 2017 International which gave out just under $25m (£18m).
Details of the tournament format or how players can compete have not yet been announced but Epic Games have promised that they will approach things in a unique and plan to be ‘more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.’
While details are scarce, there is no lack of hype and intrigue for what will happen next. Fortnite could be the game that finally bridges the gap between esports and the mainstream audience – either way it’s going to have a monumental impact on the industry.
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