Epic pledges $20 million for Fortnite esports in 2021
Fortnite developer Epic says that, for 2021, the sport’s aggressive scene could have a prize pool of $20 million. That’s a step up from final yr’s complete of $17 million — although it’s not as large because the 2019 World Cup, the place $30 million was on the road.
The information comes as Epic offered particulars on the newest season of the Fortnite Champion Collection, the sport’s highest stage of competitors. The developer beforehand mentioned that each one competitions would happen on-line, and in the present day, it revealed extra particulars in regards to the schedule: qualifiers will kick off on February 4th, with the finals beginning on March twelfth. In a nod to the worldwide nature of the sport, there may even be three new, separate broadcasts with commentary in French, German, and Spanish.
There are a selection of different format and scoring modifications; you’ll be able to verify Epic’s weblog put up for the total rundown. “Our total aim is to create higher consistency all year long and tie the 2021 seasons collectively for a extra cohesive expertise,” Epic says.
As for the prize pool, there will probably be 4 seasons of the FNCS in 2021, with a complete of $3 million in prize cash for every. However Epic says there are extra tournaments on the best way. “We even have plans for mid and finish of yr competitions the place we’ll deliver collectively the highest performing FNCS gamers in every area in a number of aggressive codecs,” the developer explains. The remaining $8 million will function the prize cash for these yet-to-be-determined tournaments.
In the meantime, earlier in the present day, Epic revealed a brand new partnership that may see 23 completely different skilled soccer groups featured within the recreation.
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