Expect more big-prize competitions in Season X.
Fortnite, you might have heard, is quite popular. And now, another reminder of just how mind-bogglingly popular it is: a peak of over 2.3 million viewers watched Fortnite’s World Cup Solo Finals, which took place in New York this weekend.
It’s an achievement that, says Epic, makes it the most-watched competitive gaming event of all time “excluding China”. But the reality is that the final tally of spectators is likely to be much higher; the 2.3 million figure only accounts for people tuning in via Twitch and YouTube, and not those watching in-game or on other social media and streaming services.
Those that stayed the course for Sunday’s Solo Finals got to see 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf secure his place as champion, winning him a hefty $3 million USD prize and a well-earned moment in the spotlight, after seeing off almost 40 million challengers. A day later, Giersdorf appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to chat about his impressive win.
Closer to home, 15-year-old Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman, from Essex, won a share of $1,800,000 USD, having come second with teammate David “Rojo” Jong in the Fortnite Duos Finals. They were ultimately beaten to the grand prize, at 47-51, by Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen and David “Aqua” W. A full celebratory list of World Cups winners and runners-up can be found in Epic’s latest blog post.
That’s far from the end of Fortnite’s competitive eSports action, of course. Tomorrow sees the launch of the game’s tenth season, a time-travelling escapade that looks to bring back some fan-favourite locations. It also introduces weekly competitions in which players can battle it out to become Fortnite Season X Champions – with Epic is once again promising a “millions of dollars” prize pool. Best get practicing then.