With only two years under its belt, Fortnite Battle Royale has passed CounterStrike: Global Offensive in awarding prize money.
Esports have been around for several years, but Fortnite has certainly given a boost to the industry thanks to Epic’s pledge of $100 million into their Battle Royale competitive ecosystem.
With Fortnite’s insane rise to fame since releasing in 2017, the game has arguably taken over the internet and has gone on to become a household name.
Fortnite esports hit its height with the Fortnite World Cup that took over New York City for an entire weekend and had a $30 million prize purse. The winner of the solo event, 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, walked away with $3 million.
According to the website EsportsEarnings.com, Fortnite is now officially a top two esport when it comes to awarding prize money.
First place is currently held by DoTA 2 with over $216 million being awarded over 1,245 tournaments across 3,410 players.
Second place was originally held by CounterStrike: Global Offensive with over $82 million in prize awards across 4,278 events.
As of September 25, Fortnite has taken over CSGO with $82,909,282.29 being awarded over 492 tournaments.
With the Fortnite Champion Series continuing on in Season 11 and focusing on squads instead of Trios, which will surely offer millions of dollars similar to Season 10.
With ESL New York taking place from September 26 to September 29 and offering $200,000 in prize money, CSGO and Fortnite could still battle for the second-place spot.
Fortnite Twitch Rivals at TwitchCon on September 27 will offer $1.2 million in prize money, which will certainly give Fortnite a lead over CSGO.