Epic Games really, REALLY wants Fortnite to do well as an esport, it seems. The company revealed plans to support the game’s esports community in a post on its site today… and talk about support. In the first year of competitive tournament play, Epic plans to provide $100,000,000 for prize pools. That’s a lot of cash.
As the post states, they’re “getting behind competitive play in a big way.” However, they also note that their approach to the whole esports thing will be “more inclusive” than other scenes, with a focus on the “joy” of both playing and spectating.
Epic did not specify exactly what the differences between the Fortnite and other esports scenes will be, but they do promise more information on the tournament structure and eligible platforms soon. (I’m kind of guessing that “eligible platforms” might mean mobile is out — or maybe restricted to competing against each other. We’ll just have to wait and see.)