Fortnite is officially shifting into the competitive esports scene in a massive way. Developer Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 for the tournaments.
If you don’t think Fortnite is the biggest game out right now, you may be need to re-evaluate your life. Developer Epic Games has officially revealed Fortnite will be stepping into the esports realm. This is huge news for striving competitive and professional players everywhere. However, there’s much more to it than that. It won’t merely be joining the competition. In fact, Epic Games has every intention of rewarding the best by providing $100,000,000 into the scene for competitive tournaments in 2018-2019. Yes, you read that correctly.
For those who don’t understand the magnitude of this announcement and how much money this really is, let’s break it down. Rod Breslau on Twitter made it easier for us, explaining how big this is for not only Fortnite, but the esports scene as a whole. Check it out below:
As you can see, this is more money than every other game currently in the esports scene combined. You can expect a bunch of competitive Fortnite players to get involved in an effort to change their financial lives forever. There’s much more to it than that, though.
Epic Games’ focus goes far beyond providing loads of cash for players. In fact, it wants to be heavily involved with the community (which it already is). At its core, Epic Games wants to keep the joy in the game for both those who play it, and those who enjoy watching it. Fortnite is insanely huge on social media and streaming platforms, such as YouTube and Twitch. It definitely wants to keep that rolling.
As mentioned before, this is far bigger than Fortnite as well. This will change the esports scene as we know it. We’re talking about sold-out venues across the globe and even more money pouring in from supporters everywhere. This’ll definitely benefit every game involved in this scene, which will push the entire competitive scene forward in a huge way. It’s crazy to see the progress of esports throughout the years, and it’s only getting bigger.