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Epic Games announces $100 million prize money for Fortnite eSports tournaments

Fortnite will be the most lucrative eSports title in the world, surpassing Dota 2

Santanu Basu 22 May 2018, 2:01 PM
Fortnite is one of the most-played online games in the world with over 45 million registered users

Fortnite is one of the most-played online games in the world with over 45 million registered users Image: Twitter

Fan-favourite online game Fortnite is all set to make its big entry into the world of eSports. Epic Games, the game's developers, has promised to pump in an eye-watering $100 million to fund prize pools in Fortnite competitions around the world.

Yes, you heard it right. $100 million in prize money. The amount definitely places Fortnite as one of the most lucrative eSports titles in the world. According to a report by e-Sports Earnings, the biggest eSport in terms of tournament prize pools till date has been Valve's Dota 2, which paid out around $38 million in prize money in 2017.

"Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Since the launch of Fortnite Battle Royale we’ve watched the passion for community competition grow and can’t wait to empower you to battle with the best. In the 2018 - 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We’re getting behind the 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," Epic wrote in an official statement published on the company blog.

Fortnite is one of the highest-earning games in the world currently, with over $126 million in monthly revenues, including $25 million in mobile revenues for just Apple (iOS) devices. Expect the amount to go up soon with Epic announcing it will launch an Android version of the Battle Royale game this summer.

PUBG corporation had announced $2 million prize pool for their major eSports tournament in July. But with Epic's announcement, expect more and more players to align themselves with Fortnite.

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