Epic Games announces the 2019 Fortnite World Cup featuring over 30 million dollars in prizes
In a blog post today on the Epic Games website, the Fortnite developer announced their plans for the much-anticipated Fortnite World Cup event. The event will last over three months and have a combined prize pool of $40,000,000. Epic has committed $100,000,000 to the Fortnite Competitive scene. The main event will feature both Solo players and Duo teams from all over the world. It will also showcase several other side-events “featuring custom challenges in different modes and formats,” according to Epic.
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How will the Qualifiers Work?
Online qualification will follow Epic Games’ in-game tournaments format, allowing for universal participation across all platforms. In the past, Epic has conducted online tournaments by tracking players’ game performance during specified hours of competition. It will then assess points based on that performance and tally them. This will likely remain the system for this online qualifier.
Qualification for the World Cup Finals will take place weekly from April 13th to June 16th (10 weeks), with $1,000,000 of prize money “distributed broadly” each of those weeks. From there, the top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duo teams will be invited to compete in the World Cup Finals in New York City. The New York event will be a full-spectator event taking place from July 26th to 28th. Each of the players who make it to the World Cup Finals will receive at least $50,000. The winner of the Solo tournament will take home a whopping $3,000,000.
Competitive Fortnite Going Forward
Epic also stated that they will continue hosting their weekly online $1,000,000 tournaments following the World Cup. In addition, Epic committed to opening up Fortnite competition to more modes and formats, and more importantly, to more regions around the world by providing “tournament tools and prizing to select partners”.
As the competition for viewers heats up for Battle Royale games, Epic’s monetary commitment to Fortnite’s professional scene should keep them in atop their competition. This announcement is obviously fantastic news for Fortnite fans and players from around the world as this World Cup will provide some of the best action and storylines in all of esports.
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