Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

'Fortnite' Creators Put Up $100 Million for Tournament Prize Pool

'Fortnite' Creators Put Up $100 Million for Tournament Prize Pool

The first five duos have been announced for the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am event that will be taking place at E3 2018.

Epic Games had $100 million burning a hole in its proverbial pocket, and the company has chose to use that cash to begin building up the esports scene for its megapopular battle royale shooter Fortnite.

It said: "Fortnite Competitors!"

In April, internet giant Tencent announced it would invest 100 million Chinese yuan ($15.75 million) in Fortnite esports, marketing and infrastructure in China.

"To put this in some perspective, in 2017, the top 10 games combined gave out $91.2 million in prize money", esports logistics pro and personality Scott Smith explained on Twitter. "Fortnite with the biggest [hold my beer] in esports history".

The news is the first time the AAA publisher will provide support for Fortnite competitive play, which launched its battle royale game mode for Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September.

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Esports has traditionally attracted a young, male demographic that is obsessed with Dota 2, League of Legends, or something else along those lines. Epic Games will use Android to integrate the ability to customize its HUD (heads up display), including a brand new voice chat.

The large financial commitment comes after Fortnite became one of the most played video games in the world, both for players and for spectators. "We plan to be more inclusive and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game".

With the KEEMSTAR Friday Fortnite UMG Tournament bringing in millions of views over the past two weeks with a number of high profile content creators, such as Ninja, Myth, 100 Thieves owner Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, YouTuber Logan Paul and others, competing, it is highly expected that having 100 of the biggest names in Fortnite and multiple other entertainment industries will bring in a substantial audience to see who can walk away with the E3 2018 Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Championship.

2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions.

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