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Fortnite just got $100 million in prize pool money to venture into eSports

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Fortnite just got $100 million in prize pool money to venture into eSports
Fortnite just got $100 million in prize pool money to venture into eSports

Epic Games announced Monday that it allotted the sum to help push Fortnite into competitive gaming. The first round of Fornite competitions are expected to take place later this year.

  • Gaming phenomenon Fortnite just received $100 million in prize pool money from Epic Games to fuel its venture into competitive gaming.
  • The sum is a large one for the world of eSports.

Fortnite, the largest and most popular free-to-play game in the world right now, just got $100 million in prize pool money to venture into eSports.

The investment made by Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite, means that $100 million will fund the prize pools for Fortnite competitions, which will kick off later this year. As far as competitive gaming goes, that prize pool is a large one. But it makes sense for a gaming phenomenon that rakes in $223 million a month, according to SuperData.

In a blog post on the Epic Games website, the Fortnite Team wrote, "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."

With Fortnite's already wild success, along with such a large sum for prize money, the game will likely prove to be a big player in eSports.

Besides Fortnite's flashy new prize pool, the largest sum provided for competitive gaming prizes is DotA 2's eSports tournament, The International, which had a comfortable $23 million pool last year according to ESPN.

Fortnite's Battle Royale mode currently has about 45 million people playing across a wide range of devices, including PlayStation 4, Xbox, PCs and Macs, and iPhones. It's coming to Android phones later this summer. It's also completely free.  

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