Fortnite Offers Users $100m Prize Fund

OMG May 23, 2018 By Hugo

If you haven't heard of Fortnite: Battle Royale, chances are you've been too busy living your life to care, but for millions of gamers around the world, Fortnite has become their lives, and for a talented few, they will even be able to make money from it.

While many have scoffed at the notion of competitive gaming, the game's developers want to turn their phenomenon into a quasi-sport by announcing a whopping $100 million pool to 'fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions.'

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Revealing the news on their official Twitter page, the tweet read, "Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions."

Expanding on the news in an official statement on the Epic Games website, the Fortnite team explained that they not only want to be pillars in the competitive gaming revolution but also make their game more inclusive.

"Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Since the launch of Fortnite: Battle Royale we've watched the passion for community competition grow and can't wait to empower you to battle with the best.

"In the 2018-2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We're getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different - we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.

"Stay tuned for more details about competitive structures and eligible platforms in the weeks ahead!"

But making money from playing Fornite is nothing new. Earlier this year, it was reported that the youngest Fortnite professional is 13-years-old.

Kyle Jackson, who is part of a team of gamers called Team Secret, started gaming at the age of 8 and started playing competitively at 9 or 10 once he realized the commercial potential.

"Playing games and travelling all over the world is kind of a dream for all kids," he said in an interview with the BBC, before adding that his friends are 'kind of' jealous of his opportunity.

As of this month, Fortnite has over 45m users of which 3m are concurrent, and in April, it was the sixth-highest grossing video game- phenomenal statistics when you consider the game was only released last summer.

However, Fortnite was mostly the preserve of gaming enthusiasts until the Canadian rapper Drake was involved in a live-streamed battle, propelling the game to a wider demographic. 

For the uninitiated, Fortnite is a multiplayer online, survival game that sees 100 gamers battle it out in a desolate wasteland for the accolade of last one standing. Users can customize their characters and purchase various skins and weapons, which has no doubt made its creator Darren Sugg one wealthy dude.

What are your thoughts on Fortnite? Are you a player yourself? Do you think a prize fund for being good at a video game is setting a bad precedent for children?

As always, leave your comments below!

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