Over $100 million in prizes are on the line across multiple tournaments. During a break before the prize round of its star-studded Fortnite Pro-Am tournament at E3 2018, Epic Games announced some information about the first Fortnite World Cup. As a cap for the 2018-2019 competitive season where it's dishing out $100 million in prizes across various tournaments, the 2019 Fortnite World Cup will begin with qualifier events that take place worldwide later this year, where the company says anyone can play and win. Details on a Code of Conduct, platform info and schedule are still TBA, but what we do know is that while there will be some squad competition, the World Cup's focus is on Solo and Duo play. Also, traditional eSports powerhouses may take a backseat, as Epic announced that unlike some other competitions it will not sell teams or franchises and that it won't allow third-party tournaments to do so either. While you wait for more info you can tune in to the Pro-Am stream, which at the time of this writing has over 700,000 live viewers on the official streams (across Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Mixer and Twitter) watching people like Ninja, Myth, Paul George and Pete Wentz playing in pairs to win $1 million for various charities. Follow all the latest news from E3 2018 here!
Epic Games announced more details about its e-sports plans for Fortnite, revealing today during its live celebrity-streamer ProAm tournament in Los Angeles during E3 that the competitions will all be part of whats called the Fortnite World Cup. The prize pool, first announced earlier this year, will be $100 million. It will be spread out over a number of different organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, reads the developers blog post. Crucially, Epic is taking a far different approach than other e-sports leagues, like Blizzards Overwatch League. (Though Blizzard does operate an annual Overwatch World Cup as well.) 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 wont allow third-party leagues to do so either, explains the post. The qualifiers will begin in the fall of this year, with the World Cup taking place in late 2019. We dont know if that competition will look anything like the FIFA World Cup, but its safe to say Epic could be planning a giant, flashy finish to its first competitive e-sports series. So perhaps the final World Cup will be a knockout-style tournament featuring dozens of top players and broadcast live. Heres the full details from Epics blog post: Well 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 youre 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 therell 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 wont 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 youre interested in learning more about Fortnite competitive play sign up here. Stay tuned for more!