As Epic Games put it in an announcement during the Fortnite World Cup Finals this weekend: “competitive Fortnite isn’t going anywhere”. Now that the $30M World Championship is in the books, the company is looking ahead and Fortnite’s esports future will be in the form of a Championship Series circuit.
Little is known about the circuit, besides what was teased in the one-minute announcement. Epic Games promise a seasonal leadeboard with the best players in the world where “ever single result matters”, with “millions of dollars at stake”. The beginning of the Fortnite Championship Series is also closer than expected and will start with Season 10 on Aug. 1.
It comes as no surprise that Epic wants to keep the esports momentum going. The World Cup Finals were record-breaking viewership-wise, peaking at over 2.33M across Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, and that’s not even counting the dozens of media partners IMG secured for the tournament. Two months ago, Epic also attracted former Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer to helm the esports vertical of the company and you don’t make such a hire if you don’t have bigger plans for the future.
Although many still question the validity of battle royales as esports and whether they’re ready for the label, one thing cannot be denied — competitive Fortnite is here to stay, and with its prize pools rivaling that of Dota 2, there are more than a few reasons to follow the game’s development in the esports field.