Epic Games have committed $100,000,000 of prize money for Fortnite competitions in its first season of tournament play.
Oh boy, that’s a lot of zero’s.
Even in the rapidly growing world of esports, that’s a gigantic number which launches it straight into the upper echelon of prize pools.
For context, its reported that Valve have only paid out a total of $140 million in Dota 2 prizes since 2013.
Fortnite is somewhat unique due to its massive mainstream success, with estimated earnings of over $1 million per day. They have money to splash.
There has been a lot of speculation around what the competitive Fortnite scene will look like, with Epic often indicating that they want to focus on the fun of gameplay more than hyper-competition.
With their pop culture success in mind, this could see them build more of an entertainment brand around their competitive scene.
But with a prize pool that big, I doubt that the ‘fun of the game’ will be front of mind at larger Fortnite competitions in the 2018-19 season.
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