How serious is Fortnite as a video gaming phenomenon? Today’s announcement of the shooter game’s first esports prize pool is a pretty stark indicator, as publisher Epic Games has promised to invest no less than $100 million into the game’s first year of competitive gaming.
You read that correctly: $100,000,000.
To understand how huge a number that is, a few comparison points are in order. The online five-on-five video game Dota 2 has enjoyed a robust esports life across the entire world since Valve took over the series’ development, but that game needed five years of competitive life to crack the $100 million mark. According to the Dota 2 Prize Tracker site, that games’ worldwide esports cume since 2013 currently totals $105 million, which doesn’t include the $10 million-and-counting prize for the upcoming International 2018 tournament being held later this summer.