Mongraal, BenjyFishy, and other Fortnite pro players are upset about the distribution of prize money in the upcoming Fortnite Winter Royale.
The Fortnite Winter Royale announcement made a splash in the competitive community directly following the conclusion of the Fortnite Champion Series. Players were eager to jump in and compete in a long-awaited duos tournament.
Epic promised a $15 million prize pool across three days of competition, taking place December 20-22. Players quickly began to realize, though, that these figures didn’t paint the whole picture.
Console, mobile, and PC players in each region have their own prize pools. The most you can win as an NA East player is $8,000 split between you and your teammate – a far cry from what the $15 million figure insinuated.
What’s more, Fortnite pros are criticizing the fact that console players have the same prize pool as PC players in each region.
World Cup Duo champion Aqua was also quick to point out that mobile players in the EU region will have a larger prize pool than PC players in NA-West. The first-place prize for mobile players in EU is $7,500 while only $6,000 in the NA-West PC tournament.
Say what you will about the level of competition in NA-West or even the general competitive level of console players – there’s no reason a mobile tournament should pay more and a PC tournament in any region.
Mongraal’s duo partner, BenjyFishy, got in on the action as well. He blasted Epic for creating a standard prize pool across PC and console.
The issue with this format is that nearly 100% of the top Fortnite players are playing on PC. Everyone you see competing at a high level – even those using a controller – are playing with and against PC players.
Epic is making an effort to create a “we’re all the same” atmosphere with competitive Fortnite. As a console player, myself, I can tell you that we’re not all the same.
Fortnite players on console, in large part, haven’t put the same number of hours as top-level PC pros. The PC community is where the real competition stands.
Think about it: are you going to watch a console Winter Royale viewing party? No, you’re going to watch the PC stream. Shouldn’t this platform receive more prize money, then? Let us know what you think in the comments.