40 Million players competed for a spot in the Fortnite World Cup Finals.
Only 100 made the cut.
On Sunday, one player will win the ultimate Victory Royale.
Throughout Fortnite’s 10 seasons it has established itself as one of the top Battle Royale games with its unique style and mass appeal. The dancing featured in Fortnite has become common among the youth around the world, and the game itself has transcended into a cultural phenomenon.
Thousands of hours have been put into this free to play game, which has resulted in players constantly improving their skills. As a result, an entire competitive scene has grown around Fortnite, and this weekend the best in the world will finally be able to prove who is the ultimate champion.
On Friday, July 26th, the Fortnite World Cup Finals will begin.
The top solo, duos, and creative players will compete for a total of 30 million dollars in cash prizes, but more importantly, the title of the best Fortnite player in the world. 10 Million dollars have already been awarded to players in the qualifier events leading up to the World Cup, and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the past four months, millions of players have grinded in Fortnite World Cup Online Opens for the chance to compete in one of the biggest Esport events the world has ever seen.
Before stepping into the ring with the best of the best, each individual had to prove they were worth their weight in V-bucks.
Players had to get to Champion League before being able to compete in the Fortnite World Cup Online Opens. this consisted of grinding matches and earning "hype" points based off placement in matches, kills, and victory royales. Making it to Champion League is an accomplishment in itself, since there are only about 100,000 players in this rank which is a fraction of the total player base.
Once 300 hype points were maintained and Champion League status was maintained, each competitor could participate in the Online Opens.
Each Saturday members of Champion League had the opportunity to compete in either solos or duos to earn points during a three-hour period in their respected regions. Points are earned like hype points, which are based on placement, eliminations, and victory royales. The top 3,000 players with the most points within this time period and a max of 10 matches would move on the next day for the next phase of competition. On Sunday, the top 3,000 in each region would repeat the same process and compete for cash prizes as well as spots in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. The players with the highest points at the end of the day would qualify for the World Cup Finals and receive a cash prize based on their performance.
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Each week alternated between solos and duos over the course of 10 weeks, culminating in this weekend’s grand finale.
The process of qualifying for the World Cup was long and brutal which surprisingly resulted in huge names in the Esports community not making the final cut. One of the most popular Fortnite streamers Cloakzy did not make the final pool of competitors, while his long-time duo partner Tfue did make it into the solo finals.
On the other hand, several individuals were able to double qualify for the World Cup, which means they beat almost unbelievable odds twice. Nicollas “Nicks” Polonio de Oliveira, a lesser known player from Brazil was able to secure two spots and was picked up by Cloud 9 as a result.
The Fortnite World Cup does not only have room for the best Battle Royal players, but the best creative players as well.
There were 8 Creative World Cup Trials which consisted of five different events built by community creators who were some of the biggest names in Esports around the world.
Each week one of these creators took on the role of Captain and helped design unique challenges and would also serve as judges to decide who would qualify for the Creative World Cup Finals.
The first weeks creative Trial was a Death Run created by Cizzorz, a popular content creator and streamer known for including Fortnite creative mode in his content.
Next up was popular YouTuber Lachlan who helped create a unique escape map that put even the most experienced players skills to the test.
The third week Creative Trial was created and judged by Ninja, one of the most popular Twitch streamers. Hopeful participants competed to achieve the best trick shot in order to secure their spot in the World Cup.
Gotaga, a French gaming legend served as Captain during the fourth week and designed a parkour map that tested each players reflexes and speed.
Rubius judged the 5th Creative Trail which consisted of a downhill race to the center of the earth.
The next group of eager competitors competed in a speed run Creative Trial judged by the all-powerful Danyan.
Hand of Blood judged the 7th Creative Trial which consisted of a time-based survival mode, and the 8th and final Creative Trial was judged by Tomoya who helped create another Death Run map that gave the final two contenders the opportunity to move on to the final round.
Besides the stiff competitions in the traditional Fortnite game modes, there will also be a celebrity event where 50 Fortnite content creators and celebs teamed up to compete for a 3,00,000-million-dollar prize pool.
This event will include a few household names and iconic duos such as Ninja and Marshmello, who hosted a live concert within Fortnite at the beginning of this year. Other notable participants are NAV, a popular musician, Chandler Riggs, better known as Carl from the popular series The Walking Dead, and Joey Fatone, former member of popular boy band NSYNC.
Have you ever been curious on whether your favorite DJ is better than your favorite 90’s heartthrob in Fortnite? Me too, and now we have the opportunity for it to be settled.
The IRL event in Queens, New York where the World Cup will be held will have its own exclusive events and activities. Guests who attend will be able to enjoy a Fortnite mini them park and rank up their own personal battle pass to win prizes throughout the weekend.
The Fortnite World Cup will be broadcasted live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and within the game itself. Don’t want to miss out on the last few days of season 9? No problem, Epic has you covered with the new in-game feature that allows you to pull up the live stream and play your own regular matches at the same time.
Make sure to bet on Fortnite wisely and tune in to the pre-show for each event for more information on the participants and what to expect in the high-intensity showdowns.
The best players in the world will clash in one final Battle Royale this weekend on the mainstage in front of millions of viewers.
Only one can take home the title.