Fortnite Summer Tournament begins!

Starting this weekend, Epic will be hosting their Fortnite Summer Skirmishes. The series is 8-weeks long with the reward being $8 million! This is the first in-game tournament with prize money on the line for Epic. The prize is $250,000 for Duos (Two people on the same team in a Battle Royale). Epic chose specific players and Community Creators who are actually competitively good. Invitations have already been sent so if you’re expecting to receive one, sorry.

Each tournament will be a different format which will keep tournament interesting. There will also be different qualifying factors for each tournament so players will change accordingly.

Earlier this year, Epic announced that they will be starting their own competitive venue with the pot being $100 million. With Fortnite becoming the top viewed game on Twitch, their self-hosted tournaments will grab them a bigger audience. It will be more professional but it may lead to smaller tournaments disappearing as more players will compete for a higher prize and properly run.

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Epic offers $100 million for Fortnite compared to other esports games

Epic Games, the gaming studio behind Fortnite, announced yesterday that they will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. How it will be distributed remains to be announced. Epic has stated that their approach “will be different…to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”

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$100 million is the highest prize pool for any esports game event. Last year, Dota 2, Valve’s MOBA, had their International prize pool set at $24,687,919.00 thanks to players contributing to the pot bonus. It was split amongst the top 18 teams with 1st place taking about $10.8 million. How Fortnite will split the $100 million remains to be determined as this will be their first year hosting a prize pool.

Who will you be rooting for?

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