Battle royale game Fortnite has become a phenomenon. The free video game from developer Epic Games has generated billions of dollars and become an Fortnite tournaments for eager esports gamers to watch and compete in. The biggest of them all is the Fortnite World Cup.. And that surge in popularity has brought
The Fortnite World Cup Finals, with a $30 million prize pool, take place July 26, 27 and 28 in New York City at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Saturday was the duos tournament, and the European team of Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen and David “Aqua” W. took the championship, winning $3 million. The players won two of the six games giving them the most points among the 50 teams competing.
The Fortnite World Cup Finals take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.
Epic will livestream the event on its YouTube and Twitch channels. Both can be viewed via the respective apps on iOS, Android, Roku, ($169 at Walmart)., and Apple TV
Those who want to play Fortnite and watch the World Cup are in luck. Epic added a picture-in-picture option just for the event. Players who enter the game’s lobby during the event will see a window of the livestream. This viewing option will be turned on by default but can be turned off by either closing the window or selecting to stop the video in the game’s menu.
Each day of the event will be dedicated to a certain event. On Friday, the Creative Finals preshow will start at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT, and the event will start at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. This final will have teams compete in user-created maps by players with unique goals, and the team with the fastest time wins.
Then at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, the Celebrity Pro-Am starts. Celebrities will team up with Fortnite pro players to compete for a $3 million prize pool for charity. Some of the celebrities competing are WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, Chandler Riggs from The Walking Dead and UFC fighter Sean O’Malley.
Saturday will feature the duos tournament. The preshow starts at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
Sunday is the solos tournament, with the same preshow start time of 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT and tournament start time of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
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Epic announced the 2019 Fortnite World Cup in June 2018. Plans were to have weekly tournaments starting in late 2018 with the finals in 2019. In March, the developer changed its plans, with qualifiers for thestarting in April and the finals taking place in July.
Players earned points in either single or duos weekly tournaments to qualify for the finals. Those with the highest points total are invited to the event and play for the first prize of $3 million as well as the crown of the best Fortnite player in the world.
In both the duos and solos event, players/teams will compete in six matches. They will earn points after each match based on how they placed and how many eliminations they accumulated. The player or team with the most points after the six matches will be crowned the winner. Duos will split a prize of $3 million, while the solos winner will keep the $3 million all to themselves.
Epic says there were more than 40 million players who participated in the qualifying events for the Fortnite World Cup across six regions: NA East, NA West, Europe, Brazil, Asia and Oceania (Austalia and New Zealand). From those qualifiers, the field is now down to 50 duos and 100 solo players. Some of the players competing are Turner “Tfue” Tenney, Noah “Vivid” Wright and Timothy “Bizzle” Miller. One notable player who didn’t make the cut was, who failed to qualify for the World Cup.
The Fortnite YouTube channel has several profiles of players competing at the finals. There’s also the Road to the World Cup Finals Part 1 and Part 2 showcasing both the well-known and lesser-known players competing this weekend.
Epic will not only give $30 million to players competing, but it’ll also give those watching the World Cup some free cosmetics. Fortnite players who link their YouTube accounts to their Epic account can receive. Viewers will have to watch the event for at least 20 minutes to receive the World Cup Spray and Red Line Wrap.
Players can also receive a World Cup style outfit for the Fishstick skin if they log in to Fortnite from July 25 to 28.
Fortnite is a battle royale game, which means a large number of players start a match and the last one who survives wins. Each game has 100 players landing on an island with only pickaxes equipped. They’ll have to find new weapons, grenades and other items in order to survive and eliminate other players.
What makes Fortnite unique is the building aspect of the game. Players can scavenge materials such as wood, metal and brick to create walls, ramps and floors to quickly build their own forts, hence the name. These structures help protect players from bullets and can provide vantage points against opponents. The best Fortnite players are not just good with a gun, but they can also build quickly to defend themselves.
Originally published June 13.
Update, July 22: Adds more details. July 23: Adds more streaming details. July 24: Adds free content details. July 25: Adds more event info. July 27: Adds duos tournament winners.