Epic Games dipped into its wallet to extract a cool $3 million for its Fortnite Pro-Am tournament, with the prize money earmarked for charity. The tournament consisted of 100 competitors split evenly between celebrities NBA player Paul George (for the Oklahoma City Thunder) and actor Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite fame, with professional gamers and streamers such as Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Kathleen "LoserFruit" Belsten. The tournament yielded some intense matches and fun-to-watch gameplay, which you can check out in various videos.
Skipping to the Final, Ali "Ninja" was able to knock out Myth, the latter of which is considered one of the top Fortnite players around. Myth also became a meme for his tendency to die from fall damage. Unfortunately for him, that is again how he was taken out. How so? Ninja tossed a C4 explosive at Myth, which blasted the high-rise wooden structure he was running on, and it sent him crashing down to the ground below. Check it out:
This was the one way Myth did not want to go out, as he stated before the tournament. Have a look:
Ah well, you can't win 'em all, right? Better luck next time, Myth! There were plenty of other exciting moments. If you have the time and are into this sort of thing, you can check out the entire celebrity Pro-Am tournament. The video lasts a little longer than three and a half hours. Here it is:
If you don't have that kind of time to spend watching Fortnite gamplay, here's a condensed version that focuses on some of the tournament's highlights:
Fortnite has grown to become the most popular battle royale shooter out there right now, having jumped ahead of PlayersUknown's Battlegrounds in concurrent player count several months ago. It's such a big deal in the world of esports that Epic Games recently announced a massive $100 million prize pool for its 2018-2019 competitive season. The prize pool will be split between a bunch of events at different levels of competition around the globe, which means you don't have to be a hardcore gamer to take a shot at the pie.
"We’ll be supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win. Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers begin in Fall 2018, and culminate in the first Fortnite World Cup in late 2019. Whether you’re in the competition or watching at home, we want this to be fun for everyone," Epic Games said.
A full schedule of events will be released at a later date, as will details regarding the rules, code of conduct, and platform support.