Are you ready for the Fortnite World Cup? (Picture: Epic Games)Epic Games has announced details of the first ever Fortnite World Cup tournament, boasting a prize pool of $30 million (£23 million).
Fortnite’s first major attempt at becoming an esport unfolds this year, being the last sector where the game hasn’t quite achieved global domination.
Developer Epic Games has since announced details of the Fortnite World Cup tournament, which culminates in an undisclosed location in New York from 26-28 July.
In what’s possibly the biggest prize pool in esports to date, there’s a whopping $30 million (£23m) up for grabs, with $3 million (£2.2m) going to the solo champion.
Fortnite has yet to take off in the competitive world (Picture: Epic Games)Participants in the Fortnite World Cup have to be at least 13 years of age to qualify, with 10 qualifying tournaments taking place between 13 April to 16 June.
Each of these qualifying tournaments will have a $1 million prize pool which will be ‘distributed broadly’, with Epic determining the top 100 solo Fortnite players and 50 best duos who will compete at the New York finals.
More: Games news
Epic Games previously pledged a huge $100 million into the esports initiative for Fortnite, announcing the World Cup event at last year’s E3.
This coincided with a pro/celebrity Fortnite tournament at the event, which featured the likes of Ninja, Marshmello, Joel McHale and more.
How Fortnite will stick on the competitive circuit remains to be seen, but it’s competing against games like League Of Legends, Dota 2, and Starcraft 2 which attract stadium-sized crowds and millions of viewers.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment below, and follow us on Twitter