Fortnite is headed for an esports year, whose prize pools will rival even that of Dota 2 and its eight-figure The International prize pools. Epic Games plans to give away $100 million for Fortnite esports was already reported last year, and the developer now shared more details.
A large part of the humongous prize pool will come from weekly open tournaments. While most esports titles see these tournaments as grassroots event, discovering new talent, Fortnite’s will award quite the cash prizes.
“The road to the Fortnite World Cup begins with ten weekly Online Open qualifiers running from April 13 to June 16,” Epic Games explain. “Each week $1,000,000 will be on the line for eligible Fortnite players, with payouts distributed broadly.”
The circuit will conclude with a $30M Fortnite World Championship New York, July 26-28. The circuit will not halt there, however, as Epic Games have confirmed additional weekly $1M tournaments for the remainder of the year.
Format and detailed schedule breakdown of the Fornite circuit is yet to come.