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Fortnite Betting Tips & Live Streams
Fortnite is a free-to-play survival game of the battle royale genre which was developed and published by Epic Games in 2017. The idea for Fortnite was born in a game jam at Epic Games back in 2011, and six years later made its way to the market.
The game has three separate modes, Fortnite: Save The World, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Fortnite Creative.
Battle Royale was not initially planned as a separate release, but around the time that Save The World came out was when PUBG hit the shelves.
The massive popularity of PUBG led to Epic developing a battle mode atop Save The World, and it became an overnight success.
Where to bet on Fortnite
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Fortnite Live Streaming & How to Watch
You can catch live streams of most major Fortnite tournaments on popular streaming sites or social media platforms.
The Fortnite developer Epic usually carries broadcasts of the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments, so you’ll be able to find them on the following social media platforms:
●Official Fortnite channel on Twitch
●Official Fortnite channel on YouTube
●Official Fortnite website on watch.fortnite.com
Often, many of the Fortnite competitors will also stream the games themselves on their Twitch channels or you can watch major matches and tournaments via leading betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle.
Fortnite eSports Structure
There are a number of Fortnite esports tournaments around, organized by third parties as well as Epic. The game hasn't really hit its stride in the esports industry yet, but many of the major tournaments offer huge prize pools and draw in quite a big viewership.
The Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 8 @ PAX West in Seattle back in September 2018 was one of the first Fortnite esports tournaments organized by Epic. A prize pool of $1.5 million was split among the 100 participants.
Epic also organized the Fall Skirmish W6 at the TwitchCon a month later, the prize pool now upped to $1.9 million.
Not long after, the ESL partnered with Epic to host Fortnite’s first-ever third-party major tournament, the ESL Katowice Royale - International Edition. There were two editions of the tournament played, the solo mode offering a $100k prize pool while the duos mode’s went up to $500k.
The first and only edition of the Fortnite World Cup was held in 2019, once again split into single-player and two-player events. The tournament saw a hundred different players participating, competing amongst a massive $15 million dollar prize pool. Here’s how the event was structured:
- Twelve games were conducted across two days of the event, with six games held on each day.
- The players’ leaderboard ranking was determined by their place in the game, along with other factors.
- A player would get 10 points for victory, seven for finishing in 2nd-5th place, five for 6th-15th, three for 16th-25th, and a single point for elimination.
- In case of a tie, the difference would be calculated based on each player’s total victory royales, their average number of eliminations per session, their average placement pet match in each session, or worst case, a coin flip.
Qualification for Fortnite Tournaments
There’s no word yet from Epic on when we can expect another World Cup. In the meantime, they sponsor and organize the Fornite Champion Series (FNCS), conducted in the following regions:
- Asia, $80,000 prize pool
- Europe, $524,000 prize pool
- Brazil, $132,500 prize pool
- North America East, $328,000 prize pool
- North America West, $132,500 prize pool
- Oceania, $80,000 prize pool
- Middle East, $80,000 prize pool
The prize pool of each FNCS Season, including all seven regions, totals $5 million.
The first season of FNCS was held in 2019 and titled FNCS Season X. FNC: Chapter 2 Season 1 began not long after that same year, and the following year saw Seasons 2, 3, and 4 played out as well along with the FNCS: Invitational.
In 2021, the frequency of each season picked up even more as Epic organized Seasons 5, 6, 7, and 8, along with the All-Star Showdown and Grande Royale. Three seasons of FNCS: Chapter Three played out in 2022, along with the FNCS Invitational.
At these tournaments, players from each region are divided into different Arenas based on their Hype Points. The Open League has Four Divisions:
- Division I (0 - 399 Hype points)
- Division II (400 - 799 Hype points)
- Division III (800 -1,199 Hype points)
- Division IV (1,200 - 1,999 Hype points)
The contender and Champion Leagues are categorized similarly. The Contender League has three divisions:
- Division I (2,000 - 2,999 Hype points)
- Division II (3,000 - 4,999 Hype points)
- Division III (5,000 - 7,499 Hype points)
And the Champion League has three as well:
- Division I (7,500 - 9,999 Hype points)
- Division II (10,000 - 14,999 Hype points)
- Division III (15,000+ Hype points)
There are four rounds to each division, and the top teams in each round will progress to the next.
Along with the Epic-sponsored FNCS, there are other major Fortnite tournaments that occur scattered throughout the year.
The Gamers8 tournaments, Battle Royale and Zero Build took place in late July 2022, currently the only third-party Fortnite tournament that offers a prize pool in excess of $1 million.
Aside from this, there’s also the DreamHack Summer and Winter Finals.
Best Fortnite Players
Kyle Giersdorf, or “Bugha” is the most prominent Fortnite player around. He has been well known in the circuit ever since he won the Fortnite World Cup Solo category in 2019 at the age of only 16.
Since he took home the trophy and its $3 million dollar cash prize, Bugha has teamed up with other players like Mero and Dukez. Their team has won three seasons of the Fortnite Championship Series across 2021 and 2022, and collected over $500,000 in winnings.
David “Aqua” Wang is another famous Fortnite player who rose to prominence after winning the Fortnite World Cup Duos alongside nhyrox.
He was only 17 at the time, and took $1.5 million as winnings split with his partner. He paired up with Stompy for a while post the World Cup, and the two found massive success at the FNCS: Europe, winning three seasons back-to-back along with the FNCS Season X Finals.
Aqua is easily one of the players in Europe, and in the past three years has earned close to another million from Fortnite tournaments.