Epic Games announced that it will host the new Fortnite Summer Skirmish series, a tournament with a combined prize pool of $8 million, which will be awarded across eight weeks of competition.
According to Epic’s announcement of the series, it is designed to bring together community members, content creators and Fortniteplayers who have “demonstrated their competitive prowess.” The exact format of each competition and the competitors will change week to week and have a variety of prize pools attached to them.
The first of these competitions is going to be a Duos mode event this weekend that will have a prize pool of $250,000. The competitors for this first event have already been chosen by Epic and notified via invitation. While this is the way participants were chosen this time, Epic’s announcement made it clear that there will be ways to qualify for future events. This first competition will begin this Saturday, July 14, though we don’t have any further details beyond that.
This is the first word we have heard from Epic on a specific competition, but we did know that esports have been in the company’s plans for Fortnite for a while. Back in May, Epic announced that it would be starting its esports venture with Fortnite in 2018 by putting together a series of tournaments with a total prize pool of $100 million. Then, at the E3 Pro-Am, the company announced that it would be hosting a Fortnite World Cup competition that would have open qualifying. While this tournament series doesn’t seem to be specifically linked to the World Cup, it is likely that it’s a part of Epic’s 2018 tournament plans and that the $8 million is a part of Epic’s larger competitive Fortnite prize pool.