The 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals are taking place between the 26th and 28th of July and will see hundreds of competitive Fortnite players descending on the historical Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York to battle it out in what will be the inaugural Fortnite World Cup Finals. The event features one of the largest prize pools in Esports history, a staggering $30 million USD.
This year’s Fortnite World Cup Finals will be made up of two separate competitions, one a solo event featuring 100 of the worlds best Fortnite players and a duo event featuring 50 two-man teams totalling 100 players. Competitors range from 14 to 24 and will have had to qualify for the event by taking part in a grueling 10 weeks of qualifying matches which began back in April and concluded in June.
The players will represent six regions, North America East and North America West, Europe, South America, Asia and Oceania. Of the 100 solo players competing, 40 of the players will represent Europe, 30 from North America East, 10 from North America West, 7 from South America and Asia, 5 from Oceania and only 1 from Chinae. In the duos event, 20 of the 50 teams will come from Europe, 15 from North America East, only 5 teams from North America West, 3 from South America, 3 from Asia, 3 from Oceania and again, respectively, 1 from China.
There will be some noticeable names missing from what will probably be the biggest Fortnite event of the year, probably the biggest being popular Twitch sensation Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who did not place high enough in the World Cup qualifiers. Other notably missing names include Team SoloMid livestreamer Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Dennis “Cloak” Lepore, FaZe Clan superstar and Team Liquid’s Thomas “72hrs” Mulligan.
Who to watch?
Ghost Gaming star Aydan “Aydan” Conrad who has collected a whopping 600,000 followers on YouTube and 1.2 million on Twitch, this 20-year-old American finished first in the North American West Week 8 World Cup qualifier. He will be taking part in the duos event alongside teammate Sean “Sean” Close after failing to qualify for the solos event. Known as a controller player for using a PlayStation 4 controller rather than a traditional mouse and keyboard, Aydan is definitely one to keep an eye on this weekend.
Misfits Gaming star Cody “Clix” Conrod has qualified for the Fortnite World Cup Finals five different times including a 1st place finish during Week 9 of the North American East qualifier on June 9th. The fourteen-year-old will be taking part in both the solo and duo events, in which he will team up with Misfits teammate Griffin “Sceptic” Spikoski another 14 year old Fortnite player. Fortnite fans should definitely keep their eyes peeled for this young superstar heading into the World Cup Finals.
Lastly, our recommendation on who to watch finishes with FaZe Clan’s Trevor “Funk” Siegler who also qualified for both competitions. Funk will team up with FaZe Clan teammate Nate Hill, the duo achieving third place in the fourth week of North American East qualifiers. In recent solo events, Funk has won the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event held in Chicago back in 2018 and since then has managed a number of high placed finishes in the Fortnite Skirmish series (2nd, 3rd, 3rd respectively).
That is all for our preview of this epic Fortnite event taking place this weekend, for more Esports news keep your eyes peeled here or if you can’t wait for that, check out our latest preview on the MET Asia Series PUBG Classic also taking place this weekend.