Since the popularity of Battle Royale style games skyrocketed, there has been question marks around whether or not they could make the leap to the top tier of esports. Games like Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and DOTA have had a foothold at the top of the esports space for years and have gone seemingly uncontested by games outside the MOBA and round based FPS genre.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Fornite, and now Realm Royale amongst others have each made their move in with the former two already revealing an immense dedication to providing the resources necessary for a successful esport.
PUBG has seen official tournaments, however, has still been lacking in terms of spectator tools and optimization which has left many potential viewers and players at arms reach. Fornite, on the other hand, has only held community-run events outside of charity events such as the recent $3,000,000 Fortnite: Battle Royale Pro-Am.
Although the event was a massive success and saw record-breaking viewership while crushing cultural barriers, the team behind Epic Games’ hit game says they’re just getting started.
In a tweet, Mark Rein, Co-Founder and Vice President of Epic Games claimed, “you ain’t seen nothing yet! :)”
Wow! What a day! We’re just getting started with this esports stuff! We learned a ton today and have a lot of great ideas so that we can make it much better for players, spectators, and partners in the future. You ain’t seen nothing yet! 🙂 https://t.co/fjH6w8wzlM https://t.co/fjH6w8wzlM
— Mark Rein (@MarkRein) June 13, 2018
While actions speak louder than words, Fortnite has proven on multiple occasions that they’re here for the longhaul and are dedicated to providing a game that is in part formed by the communities feedback.
Will Fortnite be the Battle Royale games to pave the road for the old and new to build upon? We’ll find out soon enough with the inaugural tournament season starting soon.