Epic Games, which is partly supported by the Chinese Tencent, runs weeks of qualifying rounds to determine the finalists. So far this year, prizes worth $ 71
.5 million have been awarded, according to Nielsen's SuperData.
Several high profile players, including Ninja and Dr. Lupo, did not qualify for the finals. This may dampen the audience's enthusiasm for the event, although people can still get involved and see that ninja, Dr. Lupo and other stars compete against celebrities on Friday.
Without some headliners, many strange young teenagers will compete for the final $ 3 million awards. They think this is their chance to make a name for themselves.
"My mother allowed me to play Fortnite just before the 12th my birthday in September 2017, "said Lew Krause, whose name is GL Lyght. He travels from Germany to compete in the World Cup solo category. "I played a lot in my free time and better and better every week." But that told CNN Business that the World Cup is a chance for unknown players to become more famous.
"It has always been our intention that Fortnite's competition be open and inclusive for players from all over the world, and we have offered an open platform."
Many of these young children are professionals, meaning they have signed up with organizations that help with follow-up social media, training, etc. But they do not always start that way: Playing at home and growing in the ranks of Fortnite, they have attracted the attention of recruiting gaming organizations like Faze Clan and Game Legion. 19659004] "He feels wild but definitely feels real for me, because I have dragged it and I have entered Time, so I know I'm one of the best and I know I can win the tournament, "said Daniel Walsh, a 16-year-old known as Faze Dubs. Walsh says he earns about $ 80,000 a year from video games
His partner, Noam Ackenine, 14, who runs through Faze Megga, said he had won $ 120,000 this year from the games. Dubs and Megga qualified for solo and duo, which means that if one of them wins, it can take $ 4.5 million.
"I started playing at 13 and all my friends were talking about it and they said it was the next big game, so I just got up and started playing," Akkenine said.
The Cup last year. Apex Legends, a rival of the grand pocket battle, also relies on esports to raise his profile.
Megga and Dubs admit that Fortnite is not as popular as before.
"Fortnite loses little popularity, but at the same time for professionals, it's a huge thing, especially with the World Cup," Akkenine said.
When he asked if he would turn to other games, he objected, "We're just going to play the biggest game that's there, which is Fortnite at the moment."