The road has officially begun to the $30 million gaming World Cup in Fortnite: Battle Royale.
The ultra-popular online gaming experience has been experimenting with competitive play for nearly a year building toward a massive global competition in New York with the $30,000,000 prize pool.
Fortnite is particularly popular with Indian American teenagers. The game also has a huge user base in India. Globally, the game has about 40 million users.
The game has a thriving competitive scene as well with numerous tournaments being held around the world over the course of the past year. Millions of dollars were given out as prize money in these tournaments.
All matches of the Fortnite World Cup 2019 finals will take place in New York from July 26 to 28.
Last weekend, developer of the Epic Games, Epic held the first online open qualifying rounds that will select the players who will eventually make their way to the big stage. Out of the millions that likely took their shot at qualifying first in Arena Mode and then in the opens themselves, only 20 made the cut and will be advancing to the finals in New York.
Players will be able to play a maximum of 10 matches during that time, and they'll earn points based on their performance. Epic will be holding these events for five weekends until the finals in New York, where players will compete for the top prizes.
Fortnite has a young player base. That’s why Epic is ensuring that all eligible participants in open qualifiers are 13 years old or older, and that players between 13 and 17 years old must have permission “from a parent or legal guardian” to qualify for the World Cup. Other than that, any player on PC, console, or mobile should be able to take part in qualifiers and fight for a spot to play the Finals in New York.