We have now formally begun the highway to the World Cup in Fortnite: BattleRoyale. The ultra-popular shooter/builder/live performance venue has been experimenting with aggressive play for almost a 12 months, however that is the massive present: we’re constructing in direction of a large competitors in New York with $30,000,000 prize pool, and everybody on the earth that is aware of construct and shoot on the similar time goes to wish to attempt to get a bit. This weekend, Epic held the primary on-line open qualifying rounds that may choose the gamers who will ultimately make their approach to the massive stage. Out of the thousands and thousands that probably took their shot at qualifying first in Enviornment Mode after which within the opens themselves, solely 20 made the lower and will probably be advancing to the finals in New York. Here is who’s going:
You will discover one thing absent right here: big names like Ninja, Tfue and different main streamers are nowhere to be discovered. That does not imply that they will not make it into the World Cup sooner or later within the subsequent 4 weeks, as they’re going to undoubtedly be competing. However they did not make it in proper off the bat, and in order that places the strain on to a sure diploma. Actually, none of thecurrent prime 10 Fortnite streamers managed to make the lower.
It is not like these are unknowns: many are skilled esports gamers and a part of esports organizations, and I’ve heard a few of the names earlier than. We have got representatives from organizations like TSM, Liquid and 100 Thieves. This is not a shocking dichotomy: professional gamers do, on the entire, are typically actually good at Fortnite. However a prime streamer needs to be somebody who’s each actually good at Fortnite and in addition entertaining to observe, and that is inevitably going to alter who bubbles as much as a sure diploma. There are not any factors for quips within the On-line Opens, so it is completely cheap that we’re seeing professional gamers who aren’t gigantic celebrities outperforming the most important streamers.
Earlier tournaments have been slightly extra curated than this, and competitions just like the Professional-Am at E3 made certain to incorporate not solely large names from Fortnite however elsewhere, as nicely. That is not the case with the World Cup, the place all the pieces is extensive open. It is a part of the enchantment, nevertheless it may restrict the competitors’s reputation of a few of the most entertaining gamers on the earth do not make the lower. I type of hope that some random we have by no means heard of will take the prize: it could be one nice story.