Epic have revealed their plan to invest as much as $100 million into Fortnite: Battle Royale's competition prize pools that await us in the 2018-2019 season. Interestingly, Epic claim their approach will be more inclusive and fun oriented.
Let's face it, it was just a matter of time before Fortnite: Battle Royale hurried its fledgling esports career along, what with the game being more popular than the Pope at the moment. Heck, he's probably playing it too.
Note however that in spite of the hefty prize fund, Epic will be focusing on "the joy of playing and watching the game." It's uncertain whether this suggests a more lax tournament structure or more coverage of Fortnite's events but we should know soon enough.
Epic said on their website that Fortnite's competitive structures and eligible platforms will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. We guess that their recent limited time mode Solo Showdown came in handy, almost like a playground, letting the company tweak Fortnite's competitive model ahead of the big stage.
In case you didn't catch the news, Fortnite's Solo Showdown LTM ranked players over the course of 50 matches, awarding the first 100 with V-Bucks awards. Those ranged from 7,500 for 51-100 ranked players, up to 50,000 for the first placed. At the time of writing, Epic's standings list user called vRxthless as first, with 4881 points racked up.
The company itself confirmed that Solo Showdown is a "stepping stone to learn how to build great events for all types of players". While we'd be compelled to dismiss the talk of insistence on fun as PR talk, Epic do have a track record of fun, not least with Fortnite's wacky, rocket-riding, llama hunting escapades.
Ultimately, we can't wait for Epic to show us their cards and we somehow have no doubt that Fortnite will have grown into an esports giant one day. It's also getting a bit tiring wondering if Epic can possibly top this, because they can. And the scary thing is - they always do.