Epic Games is putting $100 million in prize money towards Fortnite‘s big push into esports.
In a post that appeared on the game’s official website, Epic Games promised to provide the colossal sum of money to fund prize pools for Fortnite Battle Royale competitions.
“Grab your gear, drop in, and start training,” the post reads. “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.”
Epic promised to share more details on tournament structure and eligible platforms in the coming weeks, though players are encouraged to start training now.
Fortnite will hold a competition at E3 2018, when 50 celebrities will face 50 pro gamers in what Epic is calling “the ultimate Fortnite Party Royale.” While this competition won’t draw from the prize pool above, it may give spectators a taste of what’s to come.
E3 2018 will run from June 12th to June 14th.
Source: Epic Games