The much-anticipated Fortnite World Cup is lastly taking place this summer time — and there’s going to be some huge cash up for grabs. At this time developer Epic detailed the upcoming e-sports occasion, which is able to culminate in a remaining match at an undisclosed location in New York from July 26th to the 28th.
The multi-day occasion will function what’s probably the most important prize pool in e-sports historical past, with a complete of $30 million up for grabs, together with $three million to the solo champion. Compared, final 12 months’s Worldwide Dota 2 match, usually essentially the most profitable e-sports aggressive, featured a $25 million prize pool. Members within the Fortnite World Cup must be at the very least 13 yeas of age to qualify.
As a part of the reveal, Epic additionally detailed the qualifying course of for the occasion. Between April 13th and June 16th, the developer will run 10 on-line qualifying tournaments, every with a $1 million prize pool that Epic says can be “distributed broadly.” From these competitions Epic will decide the highest 100 solo Fortnite gamers, in addition to the 50 greatest duos, who will then go on to the finals in New York, the place every participant is assured at the very least $50,000 in earnings.
The Fortnite World Cup was first announced last year at E3, when Epic pledged a staggering $100 million for e-sports over the approaching 12 months. Since then, the developer has experimented with totally different codecs, and whereas things got off to a shaky start, Fortnite e-sports have steadily improved. Alongside the way in which, Epic launched new competitive-focused features like in-game tournaments, and promised not to introduce game-changing features just like the dreaded Infinity Blade earlier than main tournaments.
Exterior of the World Cup, Epic says that it’ll proceed to run main occasions all year long, with further $1 million tournaments that “will function a greater diversity of modes and codecs to open up the aggressive enjoying area. We may even present match instruments and prizing to pick companions to raised serve aggressive Fortnite in additional nations and areas world wide on our method to awarding the total $100,000,000 in 2019.”