‘Fortnite’ heads to major tournament, ‘PUBG’ to share revenue
After testing the waters in 2018, both “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” are unveiling bigger esports plans for 2019.
“Fortnite” will be part of major esports tournament IEM Katowice this March, while “PUBG” is intending to funnel a portion of league revenue towards its pro-tier teams.
The Poland-based esports event has been running since 2007 and serves as a major destination for a number of big money world series.
As well as the $500,000 “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and $412,000 “Starcraft 2” World Championships, this year’s edition will feature hugely popular 100-player console and computer game “Fortnite” on two separate occasions.
A $100,000 (P5.2 million) tournament for Polish players is scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24, before a $500,000 (P26.3 million) international event running March 1 to 3.
“Fortnite” developer Epic Games had previously held a Pro-Am celebrity tournament during the June 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
As for fellow battle royale game PUBG developer PUBG Corp. has pledged various subsidies and an additional 25 percent revenue share from the sale of in-game team and league digital items as far as top-tier North American and European League teams are concerned. JB
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