Epic Games, who is the maker of the game that took the world by storm in 2017-2018, has announced that they will add another $100 million to its e-sports events for the year 2019. Fortnite is a Battle Royale game where players fight amongst themselves and the last person standing wins the game. It is a free-to-play game where players can build arenas as well as customize their outfits and weapons.
Epic Games hit the headlines last year when it announced that it will put up $100 million for its competitive gaming events, beating out other gaming titles to be the biggest gaming title with the highest cash prizes.
For 2019, Epic Games plans to award a major chunk of their $100 million prize money for it’s first-ever Fortnite World Cup event. The event will have a qualifying round where 200 of the world’s best Fortnite players will get selected for the mega e-sports event, and each of the 200 players will win a guaranteed sum of $50, 000, and the winner of this event will win a whopping $3 million in cash.
The Fortnite World Cup is slated to start on July 26 and will run till the 28th of July. Epic Games will host this event in New York City, and total prizes for this event amount to about $30 million. Epic Games is also planning to invite 100 of the top solo players of this game to this event as well as the top 50 duos teams.
Fortnite will be hosting a weekly qualifying event for this mega tournament, and this qualifying round will start on April 13 and run till the 16th of June. The qualifiers will be hosted online, and each will be worth $1 million. The players who are eligible for this qualifying round and consistently rank high in this event will have a shot to be among the top 200 players invited for the Fortnite World Cup.
This is a very interesting time for Fortnite, which is facing stiff competition from other Battle Royale games. Even though Fortnite is still one of the most popular online games of the last year, it is losing ground to newer gaming titles. One game, in particular, is Apex Legends, which is a title owned by EA, is gaining traction among online gamers. Several of the top Twitch streamers such as Ninja and Shroud have begun actively playing Apex Legends and participated in the first ever Apex Legends Twitch Rivals Tournament.
To keep the attention of the news cycle on its game, Epic Games has come out with this major announcement. To keep the top Twitch streamers attracted to its gaming title, Epic Games can surely afford to spend a $100 million on its events. Fortnite is a huge cash cow for Epic Games as the game brings in around $300 million each month for the company in in-game purchases.