Friday 6 December 2019

'Millions at stake' in new Fortnite league

Dublin teen Josh Juliano won €45,000 after coming 58th
Dublin teen Josh Juliano won €45,000 after coming 58th

Fortnite is to introduce a new competitive e-sports league with "millions of dollars at stake", developer Epic Games has said.

It said the Fortnite Championship Series will launch during the game's next season, which starts this week.

The new competitive format was announced during the game's first World Cup Finals, where more than 100 players competed for a total prize pot of $30m (€27m).

Epic Games confirmed few details on how the Championship Series will work, other than to say that "competitive Fortnite isn't going anywhere" and the new series would use a leaderboard to track results over the course of season 10, which is expected to last several months.


It said the new competition would allow players to "compete against the best of the best" and that "every single result" will matter.

The company also said it had plans to "step up our competitive [gaming] efforts across the board", but has not confirmed any details of those plans.

Sixteen-year-old American Kyle Giersdorf, who competes under the name 'Bugha', won the showpiece solo tournament, taking home $3m (€2.7m) in prize money.

Dubliner Josh Juliano (17), made the final 100 and finished in 58th place.

He still picked up a cheque for $50,000 (€45,000) after travelling to the Big Apple to take part in the inaugural tournament.

"Sad I performed badly on the day, but still really happy to get to play against the top 100 players in the world and be on stage," he wrote on Twitter.

"Hopefully I will do better in more tournaments to come."

The 17-year-old's father and brother travelled to New York to support him.

There was also success for British player Jaden Ashman (15), from Essex, who will split $2.25m (€2m) with his Dutch partner after the pair came second in the duos section of the competition.

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