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Fortnite World Cup Finals will open on July 26: the highest prize money pool are ready for winners

ByGoraud Mazanec 2019-07-25 850

Is eSports sport or not? While politics and associations are still discussing it, professional gaming has long since established itself as a global entertainment spectacle. The tournaments attract tens of thousands of fans in stadiums and several hundred million in front of the computer to be there live in the stream. One of the biggest eSports events of the year will take place shortly: the "Fortnite World Cup Finals"! Find out everything you need to know about this mega-event, which revolves around the online shooter "Fortnite" from Epic Games - and which has the highest prize pool in the history of video games to date.

Fortnite World Cup Finals 

When do the "Fortnite World Cup Finals" take place?

After ten weekly online open qualifying rounds, which took place from April 8th to June 16th, the final rounds of the "Fortnite World Cup" will now take place from July 26th (Friday) to July 28th (Sunday). Day 1 is scheduled for the supporting programme. On day 2 (27 July), the 50 best duo teams in the world will compete for the World Cup from 19:00 Central European Standard Time in six matches before the big show will be celebrated on day 3 (28 July) from 19:00. Around 40 million players worldwide fought for participation in the "greatest tournament of all time" - the 100 best shooters and then build for the World Champion title and a handsome prize money.

Where do the "Fortnite World Cup Finals" take place?

The venue for the "Fortnite World Cup Finals" has been chosen by organizer and "Fortnite" developer Epic Games to be the American metropolis of New York. More precisely: The competitions will take place in the Arthur Ashe Stadium of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There, in Flushing Meadows in the Queens district, the US Open in tennis takes place every year.

What is Fortnite?

"Fortnite" is a colourful online shooter that is currently played by around 250 million registered gamers worldwide on PCs, consoles and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Even though the competing title "PUBG" has established the game "Battle Royale" - it only became a mass phenomenon through "Fortnite". To put it simply: 100 players compete and jump over an island from an airplane - and at the end of a fierce fight for survival, in which the battle zone shrinks further and further, one remains. The highlight of "Fortnite": The users may not only shoot at each other with the weapons hidden everywhere, but also build up structures like walls or stairs with collected materials in lightning speed.

Fortnite World Cup Finals​ 

Which modes are played?

On 27 July, the 50 best duos will compete to prove their teamwork. On July 28th, the solo fighters will show their skills on the battlefields, which are getting tighter and tighter, making confrontation inevitable.

What is there to win at the Fortnite World Cup Finals?

Such prize money makes even professional footballers jealous: At the "Fortnite World Cup Finals", young "Fortnite" gladiators compete for prize money totalling 30 million US dollars. The winners of the "Solo" and "Duos" competitions each go home with three million US dollars. The second and third places in the "Solo" Cup will be rewarded with 1.8 million and 1.2 million dollars respectively, the "Duos" will receive 2.25 million and 1.8 million dollars respectively for silver and bronze. But the competition is also lucrative for all the other participants: All those who have qualified and do not make it into the top 20 will receive at least 50,000 dollars.

What does the framework programme look like?

Day 1, 26 July, will be the opening day of the "Fortnite World Cup Finals". From 15:30 Central European Time, the Fan Festival - a kind of mini leisure park with mini golf and rope slide - opens its doors before the opening show for the subsequent creative finals takes place from 18:30 CEST. 20 participants asked for their share of the $3 million prize pool by completing the tasks as well, quickly and creatively as possible. These can be runs through obstacle courses or the erection of certain objects under time pressure.

At 22:00 CEST, duos from "Fornite" pros and celebrities such as DJ Marshmello or actor Liam McIntyre ("Spartacus") will finally gamble on "Pro Am" for prize money of 3 million dollars for a good cause - by the way, the only way to experience what is probably the best known of all "Fortnite" players. Because Tyler "Ninja" Blevins failed to qualify. Tens of thousands of players witnessed Blevin's gliding dragon disappearing in a live stream in May - apparently a bug - and the professional with the colorful hair got so out of concept that he couldn't win a single game. After the embarrassment, "Ninja" tried to justify himself and explained that he had never played so badly before: He would not have felt in his element, and he would have missed the pumpgun that Epic had removed from the game a short time earlier.

Where can I watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals?

The finals will be broadcast live on the official social media channels of "Fortnite". A "Watch Live" button will also appear in the game itself.

As we have already told you, the event will be held during the weekend, as well as in person at the Ashe Stadium in Queens. As most of us won't be able to go there, we tell you how to watch it on Youtube and Twitch from home. You can follow it live from the official Youtube channel (remember that there will be free rewards for those who link their account to Youtube) and you can also follow it from here, with us...

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