The Fortnite World Cup, which ended recently, has surely left everyone surprised. When the tournament was first announced, everyone was thinking that either a top streamer or a top player from a well know esports organization is going win it. However, things didn’t turn out to be how they expected as no top streamer or player was close to winning the tournament. Not only this but even Ninja, who has always been regarded as the best Fortnite player, failed to qualify for the finals.
Instead, a 16-year-old boy who goes by the name “Bugha” won the $3 million first prize. Even the majority of the top 10 players are not well-known personalities. This proves that having millions of followers on Twitch or belonging to a top-notch esports organization doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re the best player. You will only win if you have the skills.
The World Cup Has Changed the Opinion of Parents
Aside from helping players showcase their skills to the rest of the world, the Fortnite World Cup has created many opportunities for other players. It has proved that gaming is not a waste of time and that you can choose it as your career. The tournament has also reshaped the way how parents think about their children gaming all the time.
The player who secured the 5thplace and walked home with $900,000, KING, claimed that his mother was not in the favor of him gaming all the time. However, after this tournament, the opinion of his mother has changed for the better. The same might have happened with some other players who participated in the event.
Its Impact on The Esports Industry
The Fortnite World Cup also featured the biggest prize pool yet in the history of esports. Players were competing for a total of $30 million during the finals, which puts it right above The International 2018’s $25 million prize pool. This has surely changed the esports industry as we will now get to see even bigger tournaments than this one. Epic Games has also promised that they will be hosting some other Fortnite tournaments at the end of this year.
This tournament has also confirmed that the future of esports is secure. The esports industry is growing day by day, and it won’t be long before we start seeing more events like this. Before the finals, many fans were wondering what will happen after them. Most of them thought that it will be just like another big esports tournament. However, the tournament has surpassed the expectations of everyone and has given a great push to the esports industry. If people want esports to survive and keep on growing, then organizations must host more events like this.
The Fortnite World Cup has proved that esports is a really big revenue-generating industry in this era, and this is something which will attract more investors towards it. There are some countries where esports is not that popular, and they too need to understand its importance.