“We see that as 'Fortnite' evolves, it's evolving beyond being a game.” — Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games —
The Fortnite World Cup takes place this weekend at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, featuring 100 players from around the world fighting in a battle royale until one player remains. Fortnite made its debut in July 2017 to little fanfare, but after developer Epic Games tweaked the gameplay slightly, adding a new “battle royale” mode that was free-to-play and kid-friendly, a cultural phenomenon was born. While several high-profile Twitch streamers like Ninja did not qualify for the finals, professional video gamers as young as 14 will be taking part in this weekend’s festivities. With millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs in various competitions, gamers from around the world are traveling to participate in this exclusive tournament and make a name for themselves.