Epic Games Is Spending $500,000 Just So Competitive Fortnite Players Can Practice

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It’s a light weekend for esports, save for Epic Games’ Fortnite World Cup Warm Up. It’s a two-day mini-tournament which, because it’s Fortnite, will nevertheless include a $500,000 prize divided up among hundreds of winners.


Competitive Fortnite’s World Cup event is slated to take place in July. Before that, teams will compete in a series of qualifiers in order to enter. And before that, top players from all over the world who have managed to rank up to Division 6 in Arena Mode’s Contender’s League will be able to compete in this weekend’s Warm Up, featuring a prize pool to dwarf most games’ world championships.

During the semi-finals on Saturday, these players will face off against one another, with the top 1,500 duos teams advancing to the finals on Sunday. In the spirit of a true battle royale, the structure seems poised to allow anything to happen, including even the best laid plans being derailed by lag, server disconnects, or just poor luck.

Since it’s just a warm up, the top finishing teams in every region will all win at something. In the Northeast, for instance, 500th place will still take home $200, while 1st place wins $4,500. It’s almost like Epic has more money than its esports department knows what to do with. It’ll also be a good opportunity for players to get acquainted with the new resolution restrictions for competitive play that Epic rolled out this week.

There’s no firm schedule for when matches will start on each day, but you’ll be able to find at least some of the action streaming on the official Fortnite Twitch channel.

Elsewhere in competitive gaming, North America’s two League of Legends juggernauts, Team Solo Mid and Cloud9, will face each other on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET in the second leg of the spring 2019 championship semi-finals. Cloud9 has been victorious in both the two teams’ previous meetings this year, while TSM has history on its side. It could well end up being the best five-game series of the entire season, so tune into Riot’s Twitch channel to watch.

Finally, the fighting game community descends on Brussels this weekend. Matches begin Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m. ET with BlazBlue: Cross Tag and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pools, before wrapping up around 11:30 a.m. with Street Fighter V. On Sunday, Smash Ultimate top 8 begins at 3:00 a.m., with Dragon Ball FighterZ top 4 starting at 9:00 a.m, followed by Street Fighter V top 8.


The biggest matches will be streaming on the Brussels Challenge Twitch channel, but you can find a complete schedule of the event here.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com



Is that really cheaper than implementing a practice mode in the game?