//$100,000,000 Prize Pool

$100,000,000 Prize Pool

Within the rapidly advancing world of competitive gaming, Epic Games has been the driving factor for change. This change didn’t happen over night however.  The Founders of Epic Gaming (Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein) founded the successful gaming company in 1991 creating games such as ZZT and Brix. It wasn’t until July 25, 2017 that Epic Games began to take over not just the gaming industry, but over modern day society as a whole.  The game began to gain popularity among society with the idea of a free downloaded game that was a cartoonish adaption of popular PC games H1Z1 and Players Unknown Battle Ground or more commonly known as PUBG. In the fall/winter of 2018 Epic Games began to pump content at an unbelievable rate, which rapidly brought more players into the community. At this point popular twitch streamers such as Ninja, Dakotas, NICKMERCS, and Tfue began to main the game, only increasing its popularity. And on May 21, 2018 the competitive gaming scene changed for the better.
May 21, 2018, Epic Games announced that the company would provide $100,000,000 for Fortnite E-Sports tournaments.  This announcement now puts Fortnite as the most profitable online competitive game. Now let’s put in a comparison to other popular competitive online games (League of Legends, Dota 2, Call of Duty).  In 2016, the top 5 E-Sports prize pools collected to equal $31,740,640. Games within these top 5 include: 1) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC); 2)Call of Duty XP Championship (Console); 3) Halo 5: Guardians (Console); 4) League Of Legends (PC); 5) Dota 2 (PC).  With Epic Games announcement $100,000,000 for prize pools within the 2018-2019 competitive scene, they have more than tripled what has been seen in the past, making competitive gaming a thriving and growing field. While the community has been waiting for Epic to announce their plans for a competitive season players have resorted to third party tournaments. A new competitive wave of weekly tournaments for $20,000 hosted by KEEMSTAR have grown in popularity very quickly. The format is a double elimination bracket packed full of the top tier streamers and professional fortnite players, the players then drop as a squad and the duo with the most kills at the end of the match wins, simple. With Epic Games continuing to press the traditional ways in which competitive gaming is run and organized; along with the considerable updates the company makes to the game weekly, the game has the potential to bring the main stream exposure that E-Sports has needed.
Click here to see the official announcement from Epic Games!