Last year, Epic Games announced that it’d be committing $10 million towards a competitive prize pool for Fall’s Skirmish Season. Back then it was a pretty big deal as that seemed like a hell of a lot of money. At least, it did until today.
Epic Games has announced the Fortnite World Cup as well as a $100,000,000 competitive prize pool for 2019. This global tournament will comprise of ten weekly Online Open qualifiers that’ll run from April 8 to June 16. Each week, $1 million will be available for eligible Fortnite players, “with payouts distributed broadly,” the company revealed.
The top 100 Solo and top 50 Duos players and teams from all over the world will then join Epic Games for the Fortnite World Cup Finals that’ll be taking place in New York from July 26 through to July 28. Here there’ll be a total of $30 million for players with at least $50,000 being guaranteed to all players.
The winner of the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion will win $3 million.
As for players that may not make the cut, $1 million weekly cash tournaments will continue throughout the year that’ll feature a variety of different modes and formats allowing more players to get involved and be within a chance of winning some cash.
Epic Games is also providing the tools and prizes to certain partners across the globe to ensure competitive Fortnite can take place in more countries and regions. This is likely where most of the $100 million will be going.
We will also provide tournament tools and prizing to select partners to better serve competitive Fortnite in more countries and regions around the world on our way to awarding the full $100,000,000 in 2019.
This is absolutely insane and shows just how popular Epic Games’ Battle Royale is. In fact, the developer recently revealed that Fortnite had its best event day ever with 10.7 million players showing up for the Marshmello concert. Outside of events, Fortnite keeps on smashing its own records as Saturday, February 16, the game saw its best non-event day ever with 7.6M players in the game concurrently.
Terms and conditions, as well as eligibility, can be found over on the game’s blog.