Fortnite continues to break records, this time for competitive esports. The Fortnite World Cup, which took place July 26-28 in New York City, reached 2.3 million concurrent viewers on YouTube and Twitch, making it the single most-watched competitive gaming event (outside China) in history. And that doesn’t include fans watching through other social media platforms.
The Fortnite World Cup brought the best players in the world together for championship Solo and Duos matches, a Creative Finals, and a Charity Pro-Am. The World Cup was the culmination of 10 weeks of qualifier matches, including over 40 million players from over 200 countries. The three-day sold-out event hosted over 19,000 fans at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. In case you were wondering, Fortnite is still pretty popular.
Here is the list of all the top winners from each event:
Fortnite World Cup Solos Winner: $3,000,000
Bugha – $3,000,000
Fortnite World Cup Duos Winners: $3,000,000 (split)
Aqua – $1,500,000
Nyhrox – $1,500,000
Fortnite World Cup Creative Winners: $1,345,000 (split)
Cizzorz – $336,250
Hiimtylerh – $336,250
Suezhoo – $336,250
Zand – $336,250
Fortnite World Cup Charity Pro-Am: $1,000,000 (split)
Airwaks – $500,000
RL Grime – $500,000
You can see the full standings here.
Over the weekend Epic Games announced the Fortnite Champion Series, beginning with the next season, Season X. Every week players can compete to become Season X champions, with a prize pool of millions of dollars. A leaderboard will be added to track your own progress and follow your favorite players.
Fortnite Season X begins tomorrow, August 1.
Highlighted games include The Walking Dead: The Final Season at $4.99, Metro Exodus for $34.99, Hades at $6.99, Slime Rancher for $4.99, and The Witness at $9.99.
In addition to the sales prices, all games priced $14.99 or above will be discounted with a further $10 off. The $10 discount will be automatically applied when checking out with any game priced $14.99 or higher. Note that the discount applies only to games and not DLC or add-ons.
Epic is offering two helpful conveniences that I haven’t seen other digital stores such as Steam use before. First, if you pre-ordered a game via the Epic Games Store, you’ll automatically be given a $10 refund. There’s no need to cancel your pre-order only to purchase again to take advantage of the discount.
Second, people often feel bad when they purchase games not knowing a major sale was just around the corner. For anyone who purchased a game between May 2 and May 15, you’ll be refunded the difference in the sale price.
Normally the Epic Games Store features a game that can be downloaded completely free, similar to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Gold membership. The Epic Games Store does not require a membership, other than signing up, and the free game rotates every two weeks. However during the Epic Mega Sale, a new free game will be available every week, instead of every two weeks.
The current free game is Stories Untold, which will be available until May 30. After that is RiME, which will be free starting May 23.
The Epic Mega Sale ends June 13.
Epic Games is hosting a Fortnite Summer Block Party next month. The two-day celebration event will take place June 15-16 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Fans can purchase tickets to watch popular streamers and celebrities like Ninja, KittyPlays, and Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco) compete in Fortnite tournaments.
The Fortnite Summer Block Party will be operated by sports and entertainment company Endeavor.
“As gaming solidifies its position as one of the fastest-growing consumer trends globally, we are excited to work with Epic Games to provide Fortnite’s 250 million-player fan base the opportunity to get even closer to the action,” said Stuart Saw, SVP of eSports, Endeavor. “The Summer Block Party will demonstrate the collective power of the Fortnite community and the strength of the brand, building on the success of last year’s record-breaking Pro-Am Charity Tournament.”
The first day of the event will feature popular Fortnite streamers competing in the first-ever Fortnite Creative tournament. They’ll compete in new player-made games made specifically for the event. The following day will feature the return of the Celebrity Pro-Am for Fortnite Battle Royale.
Pre-sale registration is available now through Ticketmaster, until Monday, May 13 at 10 pm Pacific/1 am Eastern. Presale tickets will run from May 15 to 16. Tickets will become available to the general public beginning Friday May 17 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Tickets start at $35 for both days.
Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have been making waves in the gaming industry by snatching up deals to release new and upcoming PC games exclusively on their Epic Games Store. With the latest news that Epic has acquired Psyonix, those deals are now extending into acquiring entire game developers.
If you’re worried that the same exclusivity fate will befall Rocket League, Epic and Psyonix are quick to address those concerns. “In the long term we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.” Epic plans on bringing Rocket League to the Epic Games Store later this year.
In a later update the official statement added: “We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.”
“Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we’re happy to make it official,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games. “We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League.”
Though Rocket League has never come close to Fortnite’s meteoric rise in popularity, it remains a cherished online competitive sports-car hybrid game, and has been one of the biggest champions of cross-platform play.