With the Esports industry proliferating daily, it's become more than a hobby. Gaming is a profession for people, a source of livelihood. As Esports is evolving, so are the gaming tournaments. In today's blog, we'll talk about the top 5 tournaments of Fortnite to date.
The online video game Fortnite was created by Epic Games and published in 2017. It is offered in three different game mode variations, all of which use the same basic gameplay and game engine: Up to 100 people compete in the free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite Battle Royale to be the last person standing.
Save the World and Battle Royale were released in 2017 as early access titles, while Creative was released on December 6, 2018. Fortnite Battle Royale in particular became an overwhelming success and a cultural phenomenon, drawing more than 125 million players in less than a year, earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month. Fortnite as a whole generated $9 billion in gross revenue up until December 2019.
While Battle Royale and Creative are free-to-play, Save the World is pay-to-play. The games are monetized through the use of V-Bucks, in-game currency that can be purchased with real-world funds, but also earned through completing missions and other achievements in Save the World.
Now that we've discussed a little about Fortnite, let's talk about Esports tournaments now.
What are Esports tournaments?
A tournament is a competition involving at least three competitors, all participating in a sport or game. It primarily involves teams competing against each other in tournaments for a cash prize. Functionally, it’s the same as traditional sports. Top-level athletes are constantly vying for the top spots in their sport, or game, of choice.
In most team-based Esports, organized play is centered around the use of promotion and relegation to move sponsored teams between leagues within the competition's organization based on how the team fared in matches; this follows patterns of professional sports in European and Asian countries.
Gaming evolved from a casual pastime to a regulated professional sport starting in the 1990s. Tens of millions of people watch tournaments live now in a sector called Esports, which is also known as competitive professional gaming, and their prospective Olympic debut is just around the corner.
Top 5 Fortnite tournaments
Here is the list of the top 5 tournaments of Fortnite. We'll talk about the prize pools, viewership, and other statistics.
- Fortnite World Cup 2019 Finals
Organized by developers Epic Games, Fortnite World Cup 2019 Finals started on 26.07.19 and ended on 28.07.19 Fortnite World Cup 2019 Finals were broadcasted on: Twitch, YouTube, OPENREC, Facebook, and Mixer. With a huge prize pool of $30 000 000 (the highest prize pool in a Fortnite tournament), this might be the biggest Fortnite Esports tournament. Fortnite World Cup 2019 Finals viewership stats:
• 2 334 826 Peak Viewers
• 22 599 478 Hours Watched
• 1 189 447 Average Viewers
• 19 hours of Airtime
2. Fortnite Fall Skirmish
Also conducted by Epic Games, Fortnite Fall Skirmish started on 21.09.18 and ended on 29.10.18. Fortnite Fall Skirmish was broadcasted on: YouTube, Twitch, and VK Play Live. Talking about Fortnite Fall Skirmish's viewership stats:
• 557 265 Peak Viewers
• 18 389 157 Hours Watched
• 288 458 Average Viewers
• 64 hours of Airtime
3. Fortnite Champion Series: 2022 Invitational
Fortnite Champion Series conducted in 2022 is one of the best Fortnite tournaments to date. Fortnite Champion Series: 2022 Invitational started on 12.11.22 and ended on 14.11.22. The tournament must have had one of the highest prize pools of all time, $1,000,000. If we talk about Fortnite viewership statistics, Fortnite Champion Series 2022 boasted some great numbers.
• 381 915 Peak Viewers
• 3 015 834 Hours Watched
• 260 360 Average Viewers
• 12 hours of Airtime
4. Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am
Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am was conducted on 12.06.18 and it ended on 13.06.18. Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am was broadcasted on: Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, douyutv, and panda.tv, huya.com, quanmin.tv, zhanqi.tv, Mixer, OPENREC, longzhu, huomao.com. Conducted by Epic Games for a huge prize pool of $3,000,000, Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am viewership stats:
• 1 970 852 Peak Viewers
• 5 297 519 Hours Watched
• 1 271 405 Average Viewers
• 4 hours of Airtime
5. ESL Katowice Royale 2019
Conducted by ESL, ESL Katowice Royale 2019 started on 01.03.19 for a huge prize pool of $500,000. ESL Katowice Royale 2019 was held at Spodek Arena, Poland. Let's take a look at ESL Katowice Royale 2019 viewership stats:
• 315 891 Peak Viewers
• 4 289 967 Hours Watched
• 238 332 Average Viewers
• 18 hours of Airtime
How do these tournaments help the Esports industry?
We are aware that Esports provides students with a wealth of opportunities. Not only do we have proof of this in our ground-breaking Esports report, but we also frequently observe the beneficial effects that involving schools in Esports has on education: from raising interest in team sports and increasing school attendance to preserving friendships and enhancing communication skills.
A single Esports competition reached a peak of 5.4 million concurrent viewers in 2021. Another Esports competition included a $40 million prize pool at the year's end. Statista predicts that the global Esports audience will increase rapidly over the next few years, reaching 640 million viewers by 2025.
The Esports sector is without a doubt tremendously lucrative and expanding extremely quickly, with more and more successful Esports competitions appearing every year. Although sponsorship agreements currently hold the most value in the sector, new sources of income are constantly emerging.
The Scope Ahead
The number of the finest Esports competitions in the globe is growing exponentially. As time goes on, participation in both live events and online competitions increases, and sponsorship arrangements become significantly more valuable.
The Esports sector will continue to grow and reach new heights as technology advances and we become a more digital society as a whole. The largest esports franchises today have mostly unwritten futures, leaving organizers and participants only limited by their imagination. Anything is feasible in a digital environment supported by the gaming industry's limitless innovation.
If we fast-forward to today, we’re looking at an industry that is expected to be worth almost $2 billion by 2025.
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