The most popular game in the world is about to become one of the most lucrative esports in the world as today Epic Games announced that it will be funding Fortnite Battle Royale esports with a $100,000,000 prize pool.
This is a crazy amount of money for the game's first official year as an esport. More than that, the prize pool amount far overshadows the combined prize pools of the 10 most popular esports games in 2017 combined. That's according to esoportsearnings.com which tracks the prize pool in esports by year and players.
In a blog post Epic Games wrote, "We're getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different - we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game."
A big way might be an understatement as esports personality Scott Smith says on Twitter, "Fortnite with the biggest [hold my beer] in esports history."
It should also be noted that this prize money is apparently coming from Epic Games directly. The prize pool for Dota 2's annual Invitational is partly crowdfunded along with other games like Blizzard's StarCraft 2.
It's unclear at this point however what Epic means when it says that the company is focusing on being more inclusive and focused on the joy of the game. Whether that means funding esports tournaments with diverse competitors, or pushing ahead with different styles of streaming remains to be seen.
What is seen is Fortnite's continuous dominance over the video game community. Fortnite recently launched a successful Season 4 of content, which you can check out our Fortnite guide here.