Epic Games is holding a Fornite World Cup finals this weekend. A hundred qualifiers have a chance to win the championship prize of $30 million, the most significant prize money for an e-sports tournament.
The qualifiers are all young male, and most are from ages 12 to 16 years old. More than 40 million players endured ten weeks of fierce competition to qualify for the Cup.
Fornite: Battle Royale has more than 250 million users. The video game, which was initially launched in 2017, is considered as one of the most popular to date.
The game’s objective is to fight until you are the only one standing. Within the game, a player can find supplies, weapons, and provisions to use for both defense and offense attack. In the case of the World Cup, 100 players will be “dropping off” to a lone island.
The game is a reference to the 2000 film Battle Royale, a dystopian thriller directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film based its story on the Japanese novel of the same name written by Koushun Takami.
It is available for free to play on video game consoles such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It’s also available on mobile for both iPhone and Android. Players can also use their PC or Mac.
The World Cup finals will commence over three days at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York. Fans are coming from all over the world. For those that couldn’t attend, the competitions can be watched via live stream on Fortnite’s YouTube and Twitch Channels.
The festival will kick off with a Creative competition and Celebrity Pro-Am event on Friday. In the Creative mode, eight teams will compete in various specially-designed challenges within the game. High-profile video game players such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Turner “Tfue” Tenney is joining the three-day gaming festival.
Celebrities like Orlando Magic basketball player Aaron Gordon and WWE wrestler Xavier Woods will join in the Celebrity Pro-Am event. Aside from them, Australian actor Liam McIntyre and American DJ Marshmello will also try their luck at the popular game. All of their winnings will be donated to a charity.
The competition will be played in over six matches. Saturday will feature Duo event with 50 teams competing in pairs. On Sunday, 100 solo players will compete against one another.
The winners of the Duo and Solo rounds will each get $3 million each. Every qualifier receives a minimum of $50,000 in prizes.
Tencent Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational investment company, invested in Epic Games in 2018. The video game company has already given away an estimate of $71.5 million in prizes this year.
Epic Games is set to give away prizes in-game and over their social media accounts for fans.
The Fornite World Cup has come in a convenient time as the game’s popularity in its viewership is dwindling. Gamers have already criticized the game for its long wait times and numerous changes.
SuperData, a division of Nielsen, also reported that the game’s revenue is down by 38% from 2018. It earned the fifth spot on the list of top PC games. However, it has remained on the top spot for consoles.
The decrease in revenue, maybe because the users are not spending as much as last year, or some fewer users play the game altogether.
The Fornite World Cup is also a great event to close out Season 9. The video game is set to launch its tenth season in a few weeks. The game’s season will last for ten weeks. The new season will bring upon new features such as weapons, characters, and in-game challenges.
Fortnite is directly competing with games such as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and Apex Legends. The former was able to to get 50 million players after a week of its launch.
Ninja, a famous Fornite player, did not qualify for the Duos and Solo events. Another famous player named Benjamin “Dr. Lupo” Lupo also did not pass the qualifying rounds.
Despite not having famous headliners in the main events, Epic Games is not worried about the loss of viewership. The company has emphasized that many of its young and unknown players will get a bigger opportunity to shine if this is the case.