The juggernaut that is Fortnite has scored a 125 Million player fanbase in it’s one year of life. Wow. On the heels of that announcement, Epic has released more information in relation to their $100 Million investment into Fortnite Esports prize pools.
Epic is being very smart with their moves here. They’re supporting a myriad of existing Esports organizations as opposed to shoehorning a new Epic owned league corporation into the mix. They aren’t selling franchise spots nor will they allow other orgs to as well. They seem to really be looking for grass roots growth with Fortnite Esports and that will pay off for them in the long run. It would be easy to over extend and not understand the sector when you’re at the helm of a property as popular at Fortnite. Instead they are taking $100 million out of the vault and are choosing great partners and communities to support. Bravo!
Epic’s official announcement is below:
We’ll be supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win. Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers begin in Fall 2018, and culminate in the first Fortnite World Cup in late 2019. Whether you’re in the competition or watching at home, we want this to be fun for everyone.
What about the specifics? The $100,000,000 will be split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe. Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.
This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.
Rules, Player Code of Conduct, specifics about platforms and Fall 2018 schedule are on the way. If you’re interested in learning more about Fortnite competitive play sign up here. Stay tuned for more!