A whopping $100m investment in Fortnite esports has been confirmed for 2018 and 2019.
Fortnite has been begging for a true tournament and esports scene ever since the initial release. As esports is still considered an emerging market by some, we have seen many developers avoid fully investing in an esports scene for their games. Instead, most opt for investors and organisers to bring in the big prize money.
However, it looks like Epic will be giving Fortnite esports their full backing, after announcing they will provide an astonishing $100m in prize pools for tournaments.
In the announcement on their blog, they also helped confirm what most players already expected; that there will be competitive Fortnite, with it likely to be something similar to the current Overwatch, or Counter-Strike format.
Will Fornite be a successful esport?
With the largest player base in the world for any shooter, Fortnite has real potential to easily become the most watched and televised esport – for the foreseeable future.
We have seen the likes of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevin rake in an impressive 600,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch while streaming with Drake, so a well marketed Fortnite esports final is sure to encourage numbers close to that (especially if Drake attends).
In fact, throughout March and April, Fortnite was hitting almost ten times more concurrent viewers than Counter-Strike and Dota 2; two established esports with massive fan-bases.
Though there have been very few details released by the team at Epic Games on what a Fortnite tournament would look like, they have stated that it will be available for the 2018-2019 season. This could indicate that we would be looking at a start for serious tournaments in quarter 3 or 4 this year.