Fortnite pros angry at reduced prize pools

Esports are in a strange place right now, and none more so than Fortnite. While LoL Worlds managed to go ahead last year thanks to a complicated bubble system, the pandemic has wrought havoc on LAN events, with most being cancelled outright.

That’s the case for the Fortnite World Cup, which Epic confirmed would not be going ahead this year. However, the company behind one of the biggest battle royale games has also vastly reduced the prize pools of its online tournaments. Pro players rely on prize pools as their source of income, so it’s understandable that they aren’t happy.

Streamer and content creator Shaun ‘AussieAntics’ Cochrane did the maths, finding that the NAE prize pool has reduced from $55,905 when the Cash Cups first arrived to a mere $10,267 this year. This adds up to just over 18% of the value of the original prize pool for the region.

Here’s his breakdown:

The prize pools impact smaller regions even more. Oceania’s online prize pool is currently $1,350 a week, made up entirely from the biweekly Cash Cup. Pro players were up in arms with the reductions across the world, with Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ Fish saying that the game is “the least fun” he can remember.

Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman of Excel Esports and Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo also chipped in to make jokes about future prize pools.

However, FaZe’s Nate ‘NateHill’ Hill and 100 Thieves’ Davis ‘Ceice’ McClellan had some hope about the future of competitive Fortnite – or at the very least constructive criticism for Epic Games.

Perhaps taking a percentage from Battle Pass sales would be a good way to sustain the Fortnite esports scene, but unless Epic makes big changes quickly, pro stars won’t be happy.

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