Epic Games, publisher and developer of the popular battle royale game Fortnite, will make $100 million available in prize money for all esports tournaments in the upcoming first year of the competition.
In the short blog post, Epic Games reports few details; the company says it will release more information in the coming weeks about the structure of the esports tournaments and platforms on which the competitive matches will be played. The prize money of almost 85 million euros will be used in the coming season, which covers part of 2018 and part of 2019. In February, Fortnite still generated an estimated turnover of 126 million dollars, converted 107 million euros.
With a total prize pool of 100 million for a season, Epic Games would leave other game companies far behind. Valve has made a total of $141 million in prize money available for a total of 918 Dota 2 tournaments between 2011 and 2018, according to the Esportsearnings website. The total amount of prize money wagered in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends esports matches and tournaments is over $50 million in both games to date.