Epic Games have announced the 2018-2019 competitive season for Fortnite Battle Royale and briefly mentioned that the total number of registered players has seen a small growth of 125 million since the game's launch one year beforehand.
Just to put matters into perspective, if Fortnite were a country with 125 million people would be almost enough to qualify in top 10 most populated countries on Earth. This way it's sitting on #11 spot between Japan and Mexico. Now, if Epic Games went on to distribute the massive prize pool for the competitive season they announced, that $100 million wouldn't even be enough to cover paying $1 per player.
That's probably the reason why they will focus on rewarding fewer, but more prominent individuals across the 2018-2019 season. This doesn't mean only the top players in eSports scene that will come to rise across the qualifiers and subsequent World Cup that Epic Games will host.
They will distribute the prize pool across smaller events organised across the globe, including community and online events not directly hosted by Epic Games. This pretty much means average Joes like myself and many readers will get a chance to earn themselves some sweet prizes, that we will most likely throw into buying V-Bucks anyway.
It's safe to assume that the World Cup will get the largest cut of the prize pool, because let's face it - that will be the biggest and most attractive event of the competitive season that will single out the creme of the crop. Speaking of which, the World Cup will be focused on solos and duos, and it will be quite a hard fight to eke out against 99 other top players or 49 other top duos.
Epic Games have also taken welcome precautions here by announcing they will not be selling teams and franchises, while also not allowing others to do so either. If you're interested in participating in one of the many tournaments to come, you may want to visit Epic Games' blog for more information.