2019 Fortnite World Cup Could Be Most Popular Gaming Event of All Time

The value of video games in the United States currently sits at $18.4 billion. The popular video game Fortnite is looking to give those numbers a massive boost — and it looks like they are on the right track.

The game is free, but it still brings in millions of dollars in revenue due to in-game add-ons like color schemes for weapons, new characters, and other aesthetic designs. In fact, during the month of April alone, Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) brought in approximately $300 million in sales. In the month of April alone!

According to CNET, Epic Games is looking to use Fortnite as their frontrunner into the E-sports market. The company announced the first Fortnite World Cup will take place in 2019, with qualifiers taking place later on in 2018. Epic stated that it will drop $100 million to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions.

“This is for you, the players,” Epic said in a blog post. “Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.”

According to Engadget, the first Fortnite E3 tournament that took place during early June was a massive success, showing promise for competitions in the near future.

In no surprise, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the most popular video game streamer and wildly dubbed as the “best Fortnite player in the world” took home first place in the 50-team, 100-person battle royale. Ninja partnered up with popular EDM DJ, Marshmello. Other celebrities and their gamer counterparts that took place were YouTuber Ali-A and Fall Out Boy singer Pete Went, UFC fighter Demetrious Johnson and gamer Gotaga, and gamer Kitty Plays and The Walking Dead actor Chandler Riggs.

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