Fortnite pros have been complaining about the prize pool for the upcoming Winter Royale 2019. Liquid Vivid has given his two cents and put some of these players in their place.
Vivid of Team Liquid was one of the first Fortnite stars to emerge from the competitive scene. Vivid ran the table during the early Fortnite tournaments and was widely considered to be the best in the game during his reign.
Throughout all of his success, Vivid has been able to remain grounded. He stays humble, which is one of the reasons the Team Liquid star has remained a top competitor throughout the evolution of the game.
Like most of the pro players in Fortnite, Vivid will be competing in the Winter Royale Duos competition at the end of the month. As we reported yesterday, the prize pool that Epic announced has struck a nerve with some of the top-level players.
The prizing didn’t move the needle for Fortnite pros who are used to competing for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. What’s more, PC competitors were annoyed that console and mobile players would get an identical and near-identical payout at the end of the tournament.
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Vivid, along with a good section of the community, disagreed with takes like the one from Mongraal. He tweeted on December 10, telling his fellow pros to “just enjoy the duo event, let epic test out some new formats, and let some of the other grinders get some cash for upgrades and for their families.”
The public sentiment seems to be with Vivid on this one. Players have taken to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit to post about and upvote the idea that Epic doesn’t owe us anything. They are offering free, online competitions that are open to everyone – something that’s nearly unheard of for top eSports games.
Epic has spoiled the Fortnite community in several ways. They spoiled casual players with constant updates and competitive players with massive prize pools. We, as Fortnite players, expect an ever-evolving game with an eSport element that breaks records with every tournament. When we don’t get what we expect, we say that the game is ‘stale’ and that Epic’s prize pools are lackluster.
Let’s do what Vivid said and enjoy a healthy competition that rewards some of Fortnite’s under-appreciated talent.