Fortnite’s First World Cup Will Have a $30 Million Prize Pool. The Competition Kicks Off in April
When the Fortnite World Cup starts in April, gamers will be able to put their skills to the test for a chance to win a piece of the $30 million prize pool, along with bragging rights for every parent or partner who ever told them to put down their phones.
Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite, shared details of the Fortnite World Cup in a blog post on Friday. There will be ten weekly online qualifiers open to every player that will run from April 13 to June 16. Every week, the top gamers will have a chance to win a piece of a $1 million prize.
After the qualifiers are over, the top 100 players and the top 50 teams will travel to New York City for the Fortnite World Cup finals from July 26 to July 28. There will be a $30 million prize pool up for grabs. The solo winner will also walk away with a $3 million check—and likely take a flossing victory dance.
Epic Games pulled in $2.4 billion in 2018 and, this year, is making an estimated $300 million per month from Fortnite, according to third-party firm SuperData. Fortnite is free to download but includes in-app purchases, such as upgrades and skins to change the look of an avatar. The game maker has committed to giving away $100 million in prizes in 2019.
While the Fortnite World Cup will provide windfalls for the best gamers, the game has already made some gamers into celebrities and millionaires. Ninja, the top streamer on Twitch, made $10 million last year.
Fortnite runs in seasons. The game is currently in its seventh season, wraps up on February 28.