Earlier today Epic Games have announced some details surrounding the massively anticipated Fortnite World Cup, and boy is it gonna be big.
What is the Fortnite World Cup?
It’s exactly as it sounds, an international tournament where competitors have the opportunity to win a chunk of $1,000,000 every week in the online qualifying matches. That’s right. I wrote dollars. Not Vbucks.
This is where eligible Fortnite players go head to head and the payouts will be distributed “broadly”. These are set to take place starting April 13th all the way up to June 16th.
Take from that ‘Broadly’ what you will, there might be lots of smaller payouts to many people or they might reserve it for the top 10 in each Royale and split it based on position. We will find out more soon but in the meantime even a portion of that prize money should have your mouth drooling and that’s not even the main event!
As for the specifics of the actual tournament, once qualified Epic Games will select “The top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duos teams from around the world”. Those talented few will be on their way to New York, New York on July 26th with a remaining $30,000,000 prize pool to compete for.
Each player competing at this level in the competition is guaranteed a prize of at least $50,000 and the solo champion will walk away with a juicy $3,000,000.
If you’re not a proficient Battle Royale player but still want to attend don’t worry too much about looking like a noob, there’ll be events held at the championship for the rest of the Fortnite community, and it will all be hosted and streamed online through Twitch and social media.
Epic also announced they will continue to award $1,000,000 cash prizes in different tournaments throughout the year in an effort to continue promoting competitive Fortnite. These will have more modes which will allow players with different skill sets to compete on a more even playing field.
Not only that but it looks like they intend on giving very similar tournament tools to selected partners to make competitive Fortnite more widely available and promote international tournaments.
For a game which is, at least to start with Free to Play, this level of commitment is fantastic and Epic are committed to their player experience and ensuring it’s the best it can possibly be. This shows with how quickly they can push new content to players to try and improve the experience. They’re particularly good at quickly rebalance the game when they see something which drastically alters the field in favour of players with a certain skill set. They want it to be as (cue Thanos impression) “perfectly balanced” as possible.
I’m not the best Fortnite player, but I might have to quit my day job and train to have a chance of getting my hands on that cool $3 mill.