Players and fans received some good news about the DreamHack Anaheim Fortnite Open.
There’s been some discussion on both Twitter and Reddit recently regarding the upcoming $250K USD DreamHack Fortnite event. The tournament in Anaheim will take place from February 21st to February 23rd.
Fortnite developers, Epic Games, recently announced Chapter 2 Season 2 would debut on February 20, 2020. The announcement raised some concerns about the LAN event, as players and fans took to social media. Speculating whether or not DreamHack Anaheim would incorporate the brand new Fortnite build in the tournament.
The State of DreamHack Anaheim
— Fortnite Competitive (@FNCompetitive) January 28, 2020
On January 28th, the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account put out the official statement; DreamHack Anaheim would play on the current build of Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Before this announcement, players were not keen on the idea of competing in a $250K USD tournament on an unfamiliar version of the game.
Although we have not heard much insight on the changes, at the very least, Epic Games are upgrading Fortnite’s engine. This change could result in an adjustment period, as will the inevitable adding and removal of different items. Fortnite’s entire competitive integrity bases itself off of what the game does and does not offer. It would feel unfair to expect high-level players to perform at said high-level in unfamiliar territory.
Epic Games Turning a New Leaf?
Issues with Epic Games as competitive Fortnite orchestrators have come to light in the past. They notably added powerful mech suits into Battle Royale, which included the Arena playlist and tournaments. One of the first discussions surrounding DreamHack Anaheim was whether Epic Games would make an effort. Particularly as they have no direct affiliation with the competition. It’s a breath of fresh air to see that the developers recognized how much of an issue playing DreamHack Anaheim on build 11.50 of Fortnite: Battle Royale would be.
The esports side of Fortnite is deeply lacking notable LAN events. DreamHack Anaheim is a perfect opportunity to gauge where all attending player’s skillsets are in the current state of Fortnite. It is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting upcoming events considering the fact that players from all over the globe will be in attendance. Players like Davis “Ceice” McClellan of 100 Thieves and Rocco “Saf” Morales of Ghost Gaming are just two of the many names that will compete for the $250K USD prize pool. We can safely chalk this up as a win for both Epic Games and DreamHack Anaheim.