One of the largest esports tournaments of all time kicks off in NYC this weekend July 26th through the 28th. No matter how you feel about Fortnite esports, the World Cup promises to be the largest Battle Royale esports tournament ever held and will mark an important moment in the future esports scene for one of the world’s largest games.
Four events will be held at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the home of Tennis’ US Open. Friday will feature the Creative World Cup at 1 PM ET where qualifiers will compete in a variety of user-created minigames. Next up is the Fortnite Pro-Am where celebrities will compete alongside top Fortnite players at 4 PM ET.
On Saturday, the real competitions begin. The Duos final is slated for Saturday where the 50 duos from around the world who qualified will take the stage. Every player will earn $50,000 just for stepping onto the stage. First place will take home $3,000,000.
Then on Sunday, the solos competition takes place with the same prize pool structure. In all, $30,000,000 will be awarded over the course of the event. On our flagship podcast, FortniteINTEL writer Amanda Zelauskas and I talked for well over an hour about the tumultuous last year of Fortnite esports.
Here’s a breakdown of that conversation and some timestamps in case you want to skip through it:
1:00: Introducing Amanda and a quick preview of the World Cup
8:45: The beginning of Fortnite esports and the genius behind Ninja’s brand
15:00: How Fortnite esports evolved through the Summer Skirmish, Fall Skirmish and Winter Royale
32:20: What does Epic do well, and what do they struggle with?
44:10: The Baller problem and Epic’s issues with broken items and vehicles
52:45: The problems with battle royale esports in broadcasting, scoring and fairness
1:08:00: What is the future of Fortnite esports under Nate Nanzer?
1:15:10: Does Epic want Fortnite to be a fair and balanced esport? Or is it a huge advertising strategy for the game?
Credit: Mitch Reames