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Every Fortnite player who double-qualified for the Fortnite World Cup

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Qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup one time is hard, qualifying twice should be borderline impossible.

But a solid group of players actually managed to qualify for both the solo and duos events, some of them even managed to qualify more times in future weeks.

Given the pure randomness of Fortnite, it is very difficult to succeed at the game consistently. We have seen many well-regarded players with huge wins in past events miss out on the WC entirely.

But those misses paved the way for a new crop of players to shine and some young guns are ready to step up. Here are the 18 people who managed to qualify for both events.

Davis ‘Ceice’ McClellan

Ceice and Elevate after winning WSOE

Ceice first rose to fame by winning the World Showdown of Esports Fortnite tournament last winter. A month and a half after winning, he signed on to 100 Thieves. He won that duo event with longtime partner ‘Elevate’ and that duo will be competing in New York together as well. For that win, they brought in $100,000. But that is the minimum Ceice will be playing for this weekend and he has the chance to win a whole lot more.

Arkhram

We don’t know his real name because he is just 15 years old, but we do know this kid is nice on the sticks. After coming out of nowhere to crush some qualifiers, Arkhram was suddenly playing Friday Fortnite alongside Dr. DisRespect and found himself quickly picked up by 100 Thieves.

Nicollas ‘Nicks’ Polonio de Oliveira

Our only Brazilian player to make this list, Nicks is especially noteworthy for grabbing the two of the elusive Brazil spots in the World Cup. Compared to larger regions like NA-East and EU, becoming a double qualifier in one of the smaller reasons requires near perfect play. He was rewarded for his double qualifier by being picked up by Cloud 9 last month.

Klaus ‘Stompy’ Konstanzer

This EU player is actually my favorite to win it all alongside his partner Tschiinken. Why you ask? Because Stompy and Tschiinken qualified every single week in EU duos. Every. Single. Week. They don’t have a ton of success at LANs yet but they appear to be the duo playing at the absolute highest level right now. Stompy added two solo qualifies to his resume meaning he hit the mark 7/10 weeks.

Danny ‘Dubs’ Walsh and Megga

One of the fan favorites to win the World Cup

Time to get into the FaZe Clan portion of our list. The leading esports org had the most total qualifiers of any organization with 11 entries spread out among the solo and duos events. I combined these two players because they have been a premiere duo since signing to FaZe Clan and there are 18 entries so why not shorten it a little bit.

Dubs went through some controversy when he was accused of cheating back in Week One of the Fortnite World Cup. He was cleared by Epic Games and it seems like people just didn’t want to give him credit for his skill at the time. Him and Megga have dominated together and are one of the favorites in NY.

Trevor ‘Funk’ Siegler

Also known as FunkBomb, the FaZe clan player was embroiled in controversy last Fall when he cheated during the Fall Skirmish event. He was removed from the Dusty Dogs and wasn’t eligible for the prizes. Still, he served his time and his qualifications in the World Cup came fair and square. Playing alongside Nate Hill, the duo has over a year of competitive success together, making them one of the longest running duos in Fortnite.

Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson

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Fortnite’s Valentines Day event was a big pick up for Mongraal

The former Team Secret star has had a lot of competitive success. He won the Luxe Cup, Share the Love and the Cooler Cup over the last year. He spent most of his time with Team Secret but was picked up by FaZe Clan earlier this month, adding another star to FaZe’s roster heading into the event.

Mark ‘Letw1k3’ Danilov and Yan ‘fwexY’ Kaur

Another combined entry, this Gambit Esports duo features two young players who have been duoing together since last winter. The young Russians have plenty of chemistry and the skill to make major moves in NYC.

Clément ‘Skite’ Danglot

Skite is one of the best French players in Fortnite. While competing for LeStream Esport, he secured a major win in the Winter Royale. Despite that competitions issues with competitive integrity *cough Infinity Blade cough* that doesn’t fall on Skite who had to navigate the random new meta to win a tough solo competition against some of the best players in the world.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod

Competing for Misfits Gaming, Clix is a relatively new addition to the competitive Fortnite scene. His first recorded event was Share the Love and he didn’t have any notable finishes until he qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, then he qualified again, and again.

Three times in total with Week 9 ending up in first place in the highly competitive NA-East division. He will compete with fellow Misfits player Skeptic in NY.

Benjy ‘BenjyFishy’ Fish

Here’s the fish man himself posing next to FaZe Clan’s Mongraal

Yes his name is actually Benjy Fish. No, I’m not kidding. The Fishstick skin was made for this young killer. He qualified for the World Cup four separate times and is a fan-favorite in the competitive community to place highly, especially in duos where he competes alongside MrSavage.

Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen

Speaking of, BenjyFishy’s duo partner is also one of the most talented players in the world. The two young Europeans will represent NRG in NY. It will be a huge test for the duo who don’t have much LAN experience but have dominated the online circuit for the duration of qualifiers.

EpikWhale

A dark horse in the tournament, EpikWhale could easily come through to win it all. He helped put The Fortnite Guy’s Team Kungarna on the map by being the first really successful player to sign on to the organization. Now they boast the second most Fortnite World Cup qualifiers of any organization, but EpikWhale isn’t one of them. He jumped ship over to NRG just last week, giving Andy Miller’s organization one of the most robust Fortnite rosters out there.

Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin

Zayt (right) is one of the most successful Fortnite players in the World Cup

The final entry from NRG, Zayt caps off the four NRG players going to NY who all double qualified. He’s also the player who has been with the org the longest, and had the most success. His competitive results date all the way back to a win in the Summer Skirmish on July 27th, 2018. Now, on the one year anniversary of that win, he will be competing in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Hopefully its a lucky date for him.

Duong ‘Kinstaar’ Huynh

Another player being a bit overlooked by the competitive community, Solary’s Kinstaar is actually one of the longest running Fortnite pros out there. His results date back to the amateur competitions running before Epic Games’ events or Friday Fortnite had ever begun. He has been very consistent over his career. He has high placements in Summer Skirmish, Fall Skirmish and the Katowice Royale. You will be hard pressed to find anyone with such a long track record of competitive success.

Theo ‘Crue’ Ferrer

Here’s another lesser known player to be on the lookout for. Crue has been competing in events since last winter but the first time he reached a top ten was qualifiers. The Valhalla Vikings player is probably the least known double-qualifier on this list, but that can all change after this weekend.

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Fortnite’s Esports revenue explains why there hasn’t been another World Cup

Epic Games overestimated how much money Fortnite Esports would make which could explain why there hasn’t been a second World Cup.

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Epic Games overestimated how much revenue Fortnite would make from Esports in 2019 by $154 million. This miscalculation could explain why there has only been one Fortnite World Cup.

In 2019, Epic Games dove headfirst into Fortnite’s competitive Esports scene. Following a $100 million prize pool for the year 2018, Epic put up another $100 million in 2019. This insane amount of prize money dwarfed other competitive games in comparison.

2019 was also the year of Fortnite’s first-ever World Cup. The Fortnite World Cup took place from July 26 – 28 in New York City and boasted $30 million in total prizes. One hundred of the best solo players from around the world, and 50 duo teams, competed for a massive amount of money.

Epic Games falls short of revenue goals

While the amount of money up for grabs seems quite impressive, it didn’t net Epic Games with the desired results. During the trial of Epic Games vs Apple, documents were shared that outlined the revenues that Fortnite generated from 2018 to 2019. Epic Games planned to make $4.59 billion during the 2018-2019 fiscal year but actually earned $4.2 billion instead.

The documents stated that Epic Games had anticipated making $154 million more from Fortnite’s Esports scene than it was actually able to generate. While Epic Games is raking in billions of dollars a year, it’s unlikely that it will pour money into something that isn’t as profitable.

This major discrepancy in earnings could explain why there hasn’t been another Fortnite World Cup. After $100 million was awarded in 2019, 2020 saw a massive dip in prize money. The pool for the entire year was only $17 million.

Epic Games stated at the beginning of this year that it would be pledging $20 million in prize money for Fortnite’s 2021 competitive scene. This is $10 million less than the total prize pool for the Fortnite World Cup. Epic also stated that it had no plans for an in-person World Cup event this year.

The lack of prize money has been apparent over the past year as competitive Fortnite players have taken to social media to express their concerns. In 2019, the FNCS qualifier prize pool was $1 million a week for three months. Now, players are competing for a $3 million prize pool over the course of an entire season of FNCS.

The Fortnite World Cup may return in some capacity, but players shouldn’t expect a massive $30 million prize pool. The worldwide pandemic could be to blame for the lack of in-person tournaments, but that doesn’t mean it’s the sole reason there haven’t been any. Epic Games might be focusing on the more profitable aspects of Fortnite to endure the game’s longevity.

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Top 20 Highest Earning Fortnite Players – Updated April 26, 2021

Fortnite’s top 20 highest earning players haven’t changed much since the 2019 World Cup, but a few players have climbed up the ranks.

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The highest-earning Fortnite players are the same as they were in 2019.

After a rather uneventful year for Fortnite’s competitive scene in 2020, it’s no surprise that the top 20 highest-earning players look very similar to those of 2019. With no 2020 World Cup or millions of dollars worth of prize money up for grabs, there wasn’t a lot that could have affected the current standings.

2020 did see a lot of former Fortnite enthusiasts seemingly leave Fortnite for the foreseeable future. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was at one time the most popular Fortnite streamer but has since left the game for other competitive shooters.

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Instead, the same top-ranking competitive players such as Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf and Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson have maintained their places on the 20 top highest-earning Fortnite players.

When looking at a player’s earnings this list will only gauge players on how much they have earned by playing Fortnite. While Bugha and other players have earned money through brand deals, merch sales, and partnerships, earnings are defined as what a player has won strictly by playing competitive Fortnite.

It’s also important to note that, while over half of the top 20 have earned over $1 million, none of the players have earned more than $300,000 since September 23, 2019. Others have earned as little as $20,000 over the past year and a half.

This chart was last updated on April 26, 2021.

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Bugha USA $3,159,595.05
2nd Aqua Austria $1,926,974.23
3rd psalm USA $1,873,138.80
4th Nyhrox Norway $1,537,945.69
5th EpikWhale USA $1,351,517.32
6th Wolfiez United Kingdom $1,337,778.07
7th Kreo Hong Kong $1,216,159.74
8th Rojo Netherlands $1,214,476.66
9th Zayt Canada $1,199,456.42
10th Saf USA $1,141,587.02
11th Ceice USA $1,112,055.47
12th kinG Argentina $1,021,000
13th Elevate Canada $991,583.20
14th Skite France $856,764.02
15th Mitr0 Netherlands $783,874.02
16th Crue Sweden $717,150
17th Mongraal United Kingdom $682,454.23
18th Bizzle USA $633,726.39
19th Arkham USA $609,916.68
20th Tfue USA $594,850

When comparing the list above to the highest-earning Fortnite players in 2019, the same 20 players are still on the list. Some players have moved up the ranks while others have maintained their position on the list. The biggest reason there haven’t been any new names added to the list is because of the lack of high-paying competitive events.

A large number of competitive Fortnite events were held in 2018 and 2019 including the Fall Skirmish Series, World Cup Finals, and Winter Royale. These events had multi-million dollar prize pools that rewarded first, second, and third-place winners with large cash prizes.

However, due to COVID-19’s impact on the world in 2020, Epic Games was unable to hold similar events. Competitive Fortnite took a back seat during the pandemic while crossover events and story-driven seasons kept players entertained.

With the pandemic still ensuing, Epic Games has stated it has no plans to conduct in-person tournaments throughout the course of 2021. FNCS tournaments are still taking place, but players won’t see the return of massive prize pools anytime soon.

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Epic to host official Fortnite scrims for EU players

After Epic banned traditional pro scrims in Fortnite, they announced the release of their own official Fortnite scrims for EU.

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Epic Games are set to roll-out official scrims for competitive players, starting with the EU region.

The competitive Fortnite community has taken a few blows to their favorite game modes in the recent past. Epic banned pay-to-play scrimmages and wagers, even contacting Clix directly and threatening a ban for hosting the latter.

While a lot of players participated in wagers, even more were sad to see pro scrimmages get the axe. Most Fortnite streamers at the pro level would routinely broadcast their games; practicing and creating content at the same time.

For a few weeks, the professional Fortnite community seemed lost, with little way to officially practice for upcoming events.

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On April 22, Epic released a blog post, announcing that they would be hosting the first-ever official Fortnite scrims for EU players. These would be divided into two groups: Open and Aura.

Aura would be the traditional “pro scrims” that would require an initiation. Only the top 500 teams would be eligible to compete.

The Open scrims, as the name suggests, would be open to anyone in Arena Division 3 or higher. The top performers in Open Scrims will be invited to Aura at the end of each week, and poor performers or inactive teams from Aura will be relegated to Open League.

This all seems like an interesting system and one that Epic sorely needs. In fact, one could argue that this system is better than the base Arena system that is considered to be “competitive” Fortnite.

These scrims are only open to EU players at first, but we assume that Epic will bring NA scrims to the game next. Until then, we’ll have to see how the EU pros like these new official Fortnite scrims.

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