Epic Games have announced the details of their 2019 Esports plans. A massive World Cup hosted in New York is part of their plans.
Fortnite World Cup
Players journeys to the Fortnite World Cup will kick off on April 13th. Epic Games will be hosting ten weekly Open Qualifiers. In each qualifier, $1,000,000 will be up for grabs. After the Open Qualifiers, the best players in the world will make their way to New York City in July for the World Cup.
The top 100 Solo players and top 50 Duos will battle it out for their share of a $30,000,000 prize pool. Each player that makes it to the world cup is guaranteed to take $50,000 home. However, the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion will take home a whopping $3,000,000.
Epic create more ways to win
Epic plan to continue providing the generous prize pools after the World Cup. They will be awarding $1,000,000 each week until the end of the year. They plan to have tournaments featuring a wider range of modes. Their thought process behind this decision is that it will open up the competitive playing field more than we have ever seen before.
The remainder of the $100,000,000 will be available through “tournaments tools and prizing to select partners.” This is being done to “better serve competitive Fortnite in more countries and regions around the world.”
It’s important to note that to be eligible to play in any of these competitions, you must be at least 13 years old. Those players that are between the ages of 13 and 17 must gain permission from a parent or legal guardian to compete.
What this means for Esports
Epic Games have once again set the standards for Esports regarding prize pools. Up until now Dota 2 had been notorious for hosting the largest prize pool Esports event each year. Most recently reaching $25,532,177.
Epic has now topped this with their $30,000,000 World Cup. This is what Fortnite needed following the heat they’ve received after the release of Apex Legends this month. Epic has without a doubt secured a lot of the talent pool with this announcement.