The Fortnite World Cup is an annual esports competition based on the video game Fortnite, with the inaugural final events taking place July 2628, 2019 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, United States. A total US$30 million prize pool was available across the various competitions.
The Fortnite World Cup uses two of the game modes available to the video game, Fortnite. The main World Cup event as well as the Pro-Am use Fortnite Battle Royale, a battle royale game where up to 100 players airdrop onto an island without any weapons or armor, save for a pickaxe. Once on the ground, players must scavenge for weapons, armor, and healing items, as well as using their pickaxe to knock down existing features to gather wood, stone, and metal resources. This all must be done while avoiding attacks from other players, as well as staying within a shrinking circle on the map or risk taking fatal damage outside it. Players can use gathered resources to build walls, floors, and stairs and ramps to use as cover from attacks. The last player or team left alive wins. In Fortnite Creative, players can build unique courses at their own pace, which can be used to create competitive events that can then share with others.
The Fortnite World Cup had online events over 10 weeks from April to June 2019 for people to place. The weeks alternated between solo players and duos teams. During the Saturday of each week, any player or duo could compete with others by geographic region, playing up to 10 matches to earn points through eliminations and victories. The top three thousand players/teams from each region then competed on the Sunday event, again playing up to ten matches to earn points. The top point-scorers in each region from the Sunday event then proceed through to the World Cup, a total of about twenty players/teams each week. An estimated 40 million players vied for spots in the solo and duos World Cup. In the World Cup finals, the competitors played a total of six matches, with points earned for the highest finishers. The solo player or duo with the highest point total after six matches won the grand prize, with other players getting part of the prize pool available. All solo players received a minimum of US$50,000 for reaching the finals, with the top prize being US$3 million. Similarly, each duo team in the final received a minimum of US$100,000 with the top team winning US$3 million.
The Fortnite Creative Cup had a similar online process to select the players for the finals, taking place over five two-week periods from April to June 2019. Each active week, a new Creative challenge is available. Players, once completed with their Creative island, must submit a video of that challenge to Epic in that period. For each period, Epic selected three of the best entries by a panel of judges. Each selected entry earns a cash prize of US$5,000 and a guaranteed spot in the Creative Cup finals. From the fifteen winning entries, five were selected by Epic to be used in the Creative Cup finales. In the finales, eight teams of four, consisting of those that had their Creative island selected and other notable Fortnite players, complete in these five events to earn the best overall score. The winners in the finale split a US$3 million prize pool.
The teams for the Fortnite Pro-Am are selected by Epic Games, with each team made up of a Fortnite streamer and a celebrity. The teams each played five matches, with a scoring system for the winning teams. The team with the highest overall score after five matches won the Pro-Am. Each team received a minimum of US$20,000 with the winning team receiving US$2 million.
Epic Games had launched Fortnite in its original planned form, now known as Fortnite: Save the World, as an early access title in July 2017, around the same time that the first influential battle royale game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) was released. Inspired by this, Epic created a variation of Fortnite and released it as Fortnite Battle Royale in September 2017. While free-to-play, the game was supported by microtransactions. Fortnite Battle Royale rapidly became popular, and by June 2018, with the game ported to computer, consoles, and mobile devices, had reached 125 million players. Total 2018 revenue for Fortnite Battle Royale was estimated at $2.4 billion by analysis firm SuperData Research. Epic designated US$100 million of these revenues to position Fortnite Battle Royale as an esport.
The inaugural Fortnite World Cup was first announced in February 2019. While Epic planned to run the event in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led Epic to cancel the event for the year, though will still hold other Fortnite seasonal championship events known as Fortnite Champion Series.
The Fortnite World Cup was split into two different events, one for solo players, and a separate for two-player teams, or duos.
Both the solos and duos formats consisted of six matches.
World Cup solo and duo final standings:
The 2019 solo event finals were held on July 28, 2019. The event was won by 16-year-old American Kyle Giersdorf, known online as Bugha, who took home the US$3 million grand prize.
The scoring format in solos provided points for eliminations and for placement. Competitors received one point for each elimination and non-cumulative placement points. For solos the placement points were as follows:
- 16th-25th, 3 points
- 15th-6th, 5 points
- 5th-2nd, 7 points
- Victory Royale (1st), 10 pointsPlacePlayerPointsPrize Money1stBugha59$3,000,0002ndpsalm33$1,800,0003rdEpikWhale32$1,200,0004thKreo30$1,050,0005thKING30$900,0006thCrue27$600,0007thSkite26$525,0008thNayte26$375,0009thRiversan24$300,00010thFatch24$225,00011thRhux23$150,00012thTchub2313thMongraal2314thstompy2215thDubs2116thPika21$112,50017thBELAEU2118thClix2019thPeterpan2020thCommandment2021stDomentos20$50,00022ndSkailereu1923rdBizzle1924thEndretta1925thbenjyfishy19PlacePlayerPointsPrize Money26thKinstaar18$50,00027thkurtz1828thKlass1729thMrSavage1730thK1nzell1731stfwexy1632ndLetshe1633rdTAKAMURAMM1634thPzuhs1635thRogueShark1636thZayt1637thIssa1638thVivid1639thstorm1540thDiegoGB1441stLeftEye1442ndkolorful1443rdteeq1444thsmeef1445thDRG1446thPrisi0n3r01347thKlusia1348thwakie1349thCoreGamingg1350thChenkinz13PlacePlayerPointsPrize Money51stNicks12$50,00052ndJarkoS1253rdArkhram1x1254thEvilmare1255thHood.J1256thclarityG1257thleleo1258thlolb0om1259thletw1k31160thCeice1161stAspect1162ndMegga1163rdFledermoys1164thBucke1165thBanny1066thEmqu1067thTfue768thsozmann669thUnknownxArmy670thKawzmik671stLasers672ndErouce573rdFaxFox574thsnow575thdrakoNz5PlacePlayerPointsPrize Money76thTouzii4$50,00077thLuneze478thslaya479thBlax480thLYGHT481stBlastR382ndluki383rdLink384thmarteen385thkarhu286thRobabz287thAstonish288thSnayzy289thLegedien290thReverse2k191stMaufin192ndNittle193rdHornet194thaqua195thCat196thtwins197thHerrions-98thClipnode-99thFunk-100thArius-
The duo event finals were held on July 27, 2019, with Emil Bergquist Pedersen ("Nyhrox") and David Wang ("Aqua") sharing its US$3 million grand prize.
The scoring format in duos provided points for eliminations and for placement. Competitors received one point for each elimination and non-cumulative placement points. For duos the placement points were as follows:
- 15th-11th, 3 points
- 10th-6th, 5 points
- 5th-2nd, 7 points
- Victory Royale (1st), 10 pointsPlaceTeamPointsPrize money1stNyhrox + aqua51$3,000,0002ndRojo + Wolfiez47$2,250,0003rdElevate + Ceice45$1,800,0004thSaf + Zayt44$1,500,0005thArkhram1x + Falconer44$900,0006thMongraal + Mitr040$450,0007thMegga + Dubs38$375,0008thDerox + itemm36$375,0009thZexrow + Vinny1x35$225,00010thVato + Skite31$225,00011thDeadra + M11Z30$100,00012thEpikWhale + storm2913thNoward + 4zr2714thbenjyfishy + MrSavage2715thKeys + Slackes2716thMackWood + Calculator2617thSpades + Crimz2618thhype + Serpennt2619thBadSniper + Oslo2420thScarlet + bell2421stTh0masHD + Klusia2422ndChapix + Crue2423rdKinstaar + Hunter2324thznappy + RedRush2325thTschinken + stompy22PlaceTeamPointsPrize money26thTuckz + Vorwenn22$100,00027thKBB + YuWang1828thronaldo + XXiF1729thNikof + Airwaks1530thLanjok + Punisher1531stNate Hill + Funk1432ndletw1k3 + fwexY1233rdJAMSIDE + 7ssk71134thTetchra + Eclipsae1135thSceptic + Clix1136thCizLucky + Brush1137thAydan + Sean1038thlittle + jay939thKING + xown940thparpy + volx941stLeno + Barl942ndMing + Puzz843rdLeNain + Tyler15844thQuinten + Lnuef645thSkram + Mexe546thRoAtDW + BlooTea447thpfzin + Nicks448thwisheydp + GusTavox8349thxMende + XXM250thCoverH + Twizz2
The creative cup involved 8 teams, each led by a popular Fortnite icon. The team leaders held qualifiers, in which they had those attempting to qualify participate in a challenge in creative mode. The top 3 performers on each challenge were recruited to their respective leader's team. The cup included three different creative game maps: a king of the hill map, a prop hunt map, and a death run map. Each map had one round with three matches dedicated to it, and the final round had one match on each map. In the end, the Fish Fam led by Faze Cizzorz won the creative World Cup.
Creative Cup final standings: PlaceTeamPrize money1stFish Fam$1,345,0002ndFunky Fighters$345,0003rdRavens' Revenge$315,0004thLil Whip Warriors$295,0005thChicken Champions$270,0006thLlama Record Co.$250,0007thSunshine Soldiers$235,0008thCuddle Crew$195,000
The 2019 Fortnite Pro-Am - teaming 50 popular Fortnite streamers with various celebrities, was held on July 26, 2019, at The Forum In Los Angeles, CA, for a US$1 million prize to be split between the winning pair to go to charities of their choice. Streamer Airwaks and music producer RL Grime won the event, their second win after a similar Pro-Am event at E3 2019, with their selected charities being the World Wildlife Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, respectively. Other teams split the remaining US$3 million prize pool for charity, with each team assured a minimum of US$20,000.
Pro-Am final standings: PlaceTeamPointsPrize money1stAirwaks + RL GRIME52$1,000,0002ndSinOoh + Oking40$500,0003rdJelty + Gaborever39$250,0004thJacob + Clare Grant35$100,0005thTfue + Nav35$85,0006thJT Brown + Marksman33$75,0007thVinnie Pergola + Symfuhny31$65,0008thSean O'Malley + CouRageJD30$55,0009thWitt Lowry + Cloak31$40,00010thNickmercs + Mario Hezonja25$30,00011thNinja + Marshmello24$20,00012thMichael Drayer + Myth2413thRobert Abisi + Aydan2314thRobleis + Chigua2315thMrFreshAsian + Desmond Chiam2216thDavid Williams + WILDCAT1917thNick Shanholtz + Sean1818thLiam McIntyre + Lachlan1719thFearItSelf + MacKenzie Bourg1620thDJ Van + iFaris1321stCalango + Caue Moura1322ndSev7n + PC Siqueira1323rdJawn Ha + Wade1224thNick Eh 30 + Max Carver1125thJordan Fisher + Ewok10PlaceTeamPointsPrize money26thCody Walker + Doigby8$20,00027thNeckokun + ELLY828thDante + TimTheTatman829thWax Motif + Muselk830thAaron Gordon + Ali-A731stOscurlod + Dedreviil732ndDrLupo + Sigala633rdONE_Shot_Gurl + Chandler Riggs534thALEXANDER + VODKA435thTheslayer360 + Greer Grammer336thKyle Kaplan + Kay337thFriz + Bizness Boi338thSlogoman + Jeremy Ray Taylor339thEduKof + Flakes Power340thLoserfruit + Alison Wonderland241stAlexia Raye + Jordyn Jones142ndPai Tamben Joga + Detonator143rdAshley Rickards + Exile144thJared Abrahamson + Zorman145thFreddie Stroma + Yoshi146thDenkOps + Xavier Woods-47thJoey Fatone + XpertThief-48thEdwin Hodge + FRAPZZ-49thRJ Mitte + Moyorz87-50thActionJaxon + Sarunas Jackson-
In addition to the games in the stadium, the area around the stadium in Flushing MeadowsCorona Park was set up for a number of fan events, such as contests and games, and a concert by Marshmello.
Epic reported that tickets for the 23,700 stadium venue were sold out. An estimated 2.3 concurrent million viewers on Twitch and YouTube streaming services watched the World Cup finales; additional viewers included those watching the final events from within Fortnite, and China viewership.
Post world cup eventsEdit
Shortly after his win in the World Cup, Kyle Bugha Giersdorf had been swatted while streaming from his home. However, one of the officers responding to the call had recognized Giersdorf from his win, and quickly calmed the situation down to determine that they were responding to a false call.