Episode 36

The Fortnite World Cup and the Past Year of Fortnite Esports

July 25th, 2019

1 hr 27 mins 40 secs

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This weekend marks the start of one of esports most unique tournaments. Nothing like the Fortnite World Cup has ever been held before. As an open qualifier, some players went from complete obscurity to playing for a chance to win the top prize of $3,000,000.

Four different events will be held over the weekend. I am joined by Amanda Zelauskas, a writer for FortniteINTEL to talk all things Fortnite World Cup. We go back into the crazy year of Fortnite esports and look at the highs and lows from a wild ride that has seen millions of dollars awarded in prizes.

Check out more of Amanda's work by following her on Twitter: @Pandaax92

1:00: Introducing Amanda and a quick preview of the World Cup
8:45: The beginning of Fortnite esports and the genius behind Ninja’s brand
15:00: How Fortnite esports evolved through the Summer Skirmish, Fall Skirmish and Winter Royale
32:20: What does Epic do well, and what do they struggle with?
44:10: The Baller problem and Epic’s issues with broken items and vehicles
52:45: The problems with battle royale esports in broadcasting, scoring and fairness
1:08:00: What is the future of Fortnite esports under Nate Nanzer?
1:15:10: Does Epic want Fortnite to be a fair and balanced esport? Or is it a huge advertising strategy for the game?

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