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.