Epic Games announces details on the Fortnite World Cup, making it the richest event in esports history.
Epic promised Fortnite fans to expect a big 2019 and they have delivered on their word. $100 million in prize pools will be allocated to Fortnite competitive in 2019. Out of that, $30 million will be disbursed in New York City from July 26-28 at the Fortnite World Cup.
Largest prize pool in esports history.
To date, the largest prize pool to ever be awarded at an esports event is the 2018 International Dota 2 Championships. The event surpassed the $25 million dollar mark. Fortnite’s $30 million is set to eclipse the largest sum ever awarded at an esports event.
The 2018 Dota 2 Championships were held in Canada and spanned over 11 days. The Fortnite World Cup is a 3 day event, with the grand prize solo winner being awarded $3 million dollars.
Weekly Prize Pools
Prior to the World Cup, open qualifiers will be held for a period of 10 weeks, starting April 13 to June 16. Each week of qualifying will have $1 million dollars in payouts. No further details have been released regarding the qualifying structure.
Fortnite bosts over 80 million active players each month with only 100 solo players and 50 duos available for the World Cup Finals. The minimum payout for a World Cup finalist will be set at $50,000.
Epic has also announced an adjustment for age requirements. Previous Fortnite tournaments had a minimum set at 16 year old. New age restrictions are in place for the Fortnite World Cup. The new minimum age limit is now set at 13. There were a handful of players under 16 who had qualified for the Winter Royale semis, only to be turned away because of eligibility.
This time around young stars like Mongraal, MrSavage, Milan, Osmo, Slappie will have a chance to win the $3 million.