E3 2018: Fortnite World Cup Event Announced, Dev Explains Why It's Different Than Overwatch League
Epic is taking a different approach.
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Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced more details on the $100 million that it is pouring into competitive Fortnite tournaments and seemingly called out the Overwatch League. In a blog post, Epic said the $100 million will be spread across community-organised events, online events, and "major" organized tournaments in the United States and abroad. According to Epic, "anyone can participate, and anyone can win."
One of the big tournaments is the Fortnite World Cup. Qualifiers for this event start in Fall 2018 and continue thereafter until the finals in late 2019. There are no specifics available as of yet regarding where the tournaments will take place or how you can participate, however.
In the Fortnite World Cup, not to be confused with the Pro-Am, Epic will focus on Solo and Duos, though the studio stressed that people who enjoy Squads will be able to take part in the competition as well.
Also in its blog post, Epic made a point to talk about how its investment in eSports differs from what others are doing in the space. Though Epic never mentions Activision Blizzard or the Overwatch League by name, it is pretty clear that the comparison is aimed at Overwatch League.
Here's what Epic said: "This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won't allow third-party leagues to do so either."
More details on all the specifics about the Fortnite's eSports tournaments--including rules, details on platforms, and a player code of conduct--will be announced in due time, Epic said.
Activision Blizzard charges Overwatch League teams substantial fees in the millions of dollars just to create a franchise. There are currently 12 teams in the Overwatch League. Activision Blizzard also makes money by via broadcasting rights; Twitch reportedly paid $90 million for the opportunity to broadcast Overwatch League matches.
In other Fortnite news, Epic announced at E3 2018 this week that the game has reached an astonishing 125 million players in under a year. Additionally, the game is out now on Nintendo Switch--with some frame rate issues.