Epic Games is providing a US$100 million prize pool for Fortnite’s first esports season.
Yes, 100 million.
“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game,” said Epic.
For comparison’s sake, Dota 2’s competitive scene took five years to reach that mark.
That’s a huge amount of cash, but Epic is hardly short of it: analysts estimate that Fortnite on iOS alone has made US$50 million since it launched on March 15, and of course, the game is out on PC and consoles as well.
Epic has promised more details will come soon.
In related news, Fortnite is coming to Android this winter, and the iOS version is getting a number of tweaks, including a customisable HUD. Voice chat is also on the way.
In news related to that related news, PUBG on iOS and Android is attracting more than 10 million daily active users.
Today, Tencent and PUBG Corp. announced that #PUBGMOBILE has surpassed 10 million daily active users (DAU) around the world (excluding China)! We would like to thank you all for being with us. pic.twitter.com/kVD6zqIRjS— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) May 17, 2018