What have we learned from the Fortnite World Cup?
Whilst Fortnite has been delighting gamers for well over a year now, it has shown slower progress in making a big impression on the world of esports. However, all of that is looking to change as the first qualifying events for the Fortnite World Cup have been taking place and it’s set to make the battle royale title a massive success in the competitive gaming realm.
It’s the first truly global gaming event for the Fortnite franchise, and with up to $100 million in prize funds, there’s plenty of interest for this tournament amongst the game’s legions of fans. In order to cater to this demand, Fortnite’s developers – Epic Games – have been making a real effort to ensure that the broadcasting of the event is up to scratch. This has meant a special spectating mode has been made available that was similar to what was used in previous Skirmish events in 2018.
In addition to this, Fortnite fans have been treated to live announcing from a special studio with many recognizable props from the battle royale title. All of which meant that gamers could enjoy plenty of drama as they watched nearly 20 hours of Fortnite World Cup action each weekend for the past two weeks.
Due to the long broadcasting sessions, it’s fairly unlikely that even the biggest Fortnite fan would have been able to sit throughout the whole of each stream. But with entertaining hosts like Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez on hand to keep things going with lots of fun interviews and post-match analysis, it meant that the coverage of the Fortnite World Cup got off to a cracking start.
Whilst most viewers would have been happy to sit back and watch the action, such as the success of Fortnite that many gamers would have also been keen to visit an esports betting resource like to see if they could back a winner and pick up some profits along the way. But as Fortnite is such a new esport, it seems that Epic Games has taken extra measures to ensure that there was a truly even playing field for all of the competitors.
This meant that we saw some of the biggest names in the Fortnite pro gaming community getting called out for cheating during the open qualifiers. Nowhere was this better seen than when Rise’s XXiF was accused of getting free elimination points from his friends during the third-week solo qualifiers. This followed on from the accusations made against Dubs fn who was suspected of using a soft aimbot during his qualifying attempts.
Such controversy was thankfully swiftly dealt with by Epic Games, and it’s hoped that the Fortnite World Cup will be able to overcome such teething issues to give the battle royale title an esports tournament that matches the global appeal of the game. Fortnite was undoubtedly the game of the moment for many months, but since the release of Apex Legends, it has seen its viewership taking a hit.
As a result, it’s clear that the success of the Fortnite World Cup will be pivotal to helping the battle royale game pick up the viewership figures necessary to make it attractive to influencers and sponsors. The initial viewing figures for 37,000 concurrent viewers might not appear too convincing, but it’s important to remember that this is just the opening qualifiers for what’s expected to be a long and grueling competition that concludes in New York City on 28 July 2019. All of this shows that the Fortnite esports revolution is only just getting started.