It turns out when you’re one of the most popular games in the world, you’ve got a lot of money to throw around.

Over the weekend, Fortnite publisher and developer Epic Games announced its 2019 competitive prize pool would total a whopping $100,000,000. Yes, that’s 100 million dollars (thought I’d spell it out for you).

The prize pool will be split across a series of weekly tournaments each with a $1,000,000 prize pool, and culminate in the Fortnite World Cup Finals where the top 100 Solo players and top 50 Duo teams compete for a $30,000,000 prize pool. Better yet, each player who qualifiers for the Finals is guaranteed $50,000, while the winner will take home $3,000,000.

Now I’m not an accountant, but that’s a lot of money.

Per the post on Epic Games’ website, the road to the Fortnite World Cup begins with ten weekly Online Open qualifiers running from April 13 to June 16, for any eligible Fortnite players (read: players over 13 year olds who haven’t broken any rules.)

The Finals will take place in New York City from July 26-28.

Source: Epic Games

My Thoughts

The announcement of this tournament couldn’t come at a better time for Fortnite. As with every piece of internet culture, genre competitor Apex Legends has become the next big thing. The evening news even warned parents about it, now that’s how you know you’ve made it. As a result, your favourite Twitch streamers, and consequently their viewers, shifted from Fortnite – I’m sure Fortnite’s player base still exceeds every other game, especially given Apex Legends’ MA15+ rating (outside of Australia, read: Mature).

It’s likely most of the top streamers will be tempted to pick up Fortnite again when the weekly tournaments kick off.

All in all this is a big win for Fortnite, and esports in general. Prize pools for esports are getting massive, but the previous biggest esports prize pool was Dota 2’s The International 7 (basically the Dota 2 Championships), which falls $5 million short at $25 million.

As the guy usually eliminated before I can find a weapon, I’ll be watching this one from the sidelines.

Do you plan on entering any of Fortnite’s tournaments? Tell me how much better you are than me on Twitter @NateThinks.

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