Fortnite World Cup Esports Tournament Offers $100 Million Prize Pool

Judy Cobb
February 23, 2019

The Fortnite World Cup will take place in New York City from July 26-28 and feature a $30M United States dollars prize pool.

That idea has now become a reality, with the first Fortnite World Cup set to begin on April 13. Each week, players will compete for $1 million in prize pools that will be distributed broadly.

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Running from 8 April to June 16, the online qualifying rounds will be open to all eligible Fortnite players, each round offering $1m in prize money for high-performing entrants. Epic Games will also be continuing its in-game weekly $1m tournaments. Two hundred players will compete in the World Cup (100 solos and 50 duos teams), and everyone will earn a minimum of $50,000. Plus, $1 million in weekly tournaments will continue through the end of the year. While people may look down their nose at the game or straight-up ridicule its competitive efforts, this is the biggest prize pool an esports event has ever had and displays Epic Games' dedication towards the industry. Last June, Epic Games held a Fornite tournament during the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles and filled the Banc of California Stadium with 15,000 fans. These will feature a variety of different formats "to open up the competitive playing field", according to the company.

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