The Epic Games Battle Royale sensation, Fortnite, has become the second-highest paying esports, passing CS:GO in the process.
Despite its short track record, Fortnite is becoming one of most demanded games in the esports industry. Released in July 2017, the Battle Royale title continues to rise rapidly to the top.
As of September 25, Fortnite: Battle Royale has offically passed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in terms of most prize money awarded to players, according to Esports Earnings.
This is all thanks to Epic’s pledge of $100 million into their Battle Royale competitive ecosystem, recording Fortnite prize money collectively at $82.9 million distributed worldwide.
The recent Fortnite World Cup took place in New York City for an entire weekend and had a $30 million prize purse. 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, winner of the solo event, went home with $3 million.
And as the Fortnite Champion series move forward to Season 11, Epic will surely offer similar prize money of great amount.
The game has not passed the 500 tournament mark yet. But with such low quantity of events in comparison, the impact of the game on the industry is incredibly massive.
On the other hand, Dota 2, isn’t slowing down. The top-ranked game of the list offered the largest prize pool in esports history at more than $34 million. OG, the winner of The International 2019, took home $15.6 million.