Are you looking to be a bit more rewarded for your epic Fortnite skills outside the V-Bucks offered for Solo Showdown? Good news is coming your way, because developer Epic Games revealed that the upcoming competitive scene for Fortnite will introduce a staggering $100,000,000 prize pool.
Yes, you read that right. $100,000,000. According to Epic Games’ blog post, this is their way of showing Fortnite is entering the eSports scene in a big way:
We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.
Only a couple days ago we heard from the Epic Games community managers that we would soon start hearing more from the team about the eSports scene. And while many avid fans are looking forward to the E3 Celebrity Pro-Am Fortnite competition, others are looking to get in on the action themselves.
Although that number is staggering for a newcomer to the eSport scene, it is relatively unsurprising that Epic Games has that much money to throw around for Fortnite. The game has been consistently breaking records left and right for streaming platforms, most notoriously when artist Drake came on for an extended play session. In fact, most of Epic Games staff is currently dedicating their time to working on the massively popular Battle Royale game.
Not only that, but there has been unprecedented growth and crossovers. Earlier this month we saw Marvel take on an Avengers: Infinity War even in Fortnite where players could take on the role of Thanos. On top of that, colleges have started incorporating Fortnite eSport scholarships starting at $4,000 — though who knows how that may jump up following this announcement.
Fortnite is available immediately as a free-to-play game for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS devices, with Android coming later this summer.