Fortnite’s competitive Solo Showdown mode has just come to a close, but the excitement over Fortnite eSports isn’t over just yet as Epic Games has announced that they will be providing 100 million dollars in prize pools over the first year of competitive play.
So far the Battle Royale competitive scene has been largely community-based, with community members hosting their own tournaments on sites such as GameBattles, or through YouTubers and streamers teaming up for events such as Keemstar’s Friday Fortnite tournaments.
The first sign that Epic Games had become interested in the eSports potential of their Battle Royale hit was with the past weeks “Solo Showdown” Limited Time Mode.
This solo only mode was a competitive playlist where the first 50 matches of a game were registered and logged by Fortnite’s leaderboards, the top 100 players would then be given huge V-Bucks prizes for their efforts. This mode was clearly intended as a way to gauge interest in the competitive side of Fortnite Battle Royale, and Epic Games must be pleased with the results.
Epic Games has released an official announcement on their website, claiming that they will be funnelling $100,000,000 into prize pools for Fortnite competitions over the 2018-2019 season.
They also state that Epic Games will be approaching competitive differently, planning to be more inclusive and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game, though they have currently not released any details about what that might actually mean.
More information on this is sure to come over the coming weeks, with Epic Games stating that they are planning to reveal more details about the structure of their competitive plans and what platforms will be included in these new tournaments.