Epic Games announced the 2019 Fortnite World Cup event today. The most exciting thing is that anyone can participate in the event. There will be qualifiers around the world for anyone interested in earning a spot to the World Cup event. 

​​As mentioned above the qualifying schedule will be revealed in the fall of 2018. This comes only a month after Epic Games had announced that they would ​fund prize pools in the coming year with $100,000,000, an amount to get anyone, fan or not, interested in the game.

For players interested, the main thing to keep in mind is that the World Cup will focus on solos and duos only. There will be other competitions where players can compete as groups but that will not be allowed for the World Cup.

This tournament is different from other esports events for two big reasons; it is a global competition and there are not organizations controlling the teams. Most other esports, with the exception of Overwatch, take place in one geographic location whereas the ​Fortnite World Cup will mirror the real World Cup with players from all over the globe.

Secondly this will be a tournament for the players specifically and no third party organization will be allowed to purchase qualifying spots. Of course sponsored players may compete but they will not be given any advantage just because they are sponsored.

It still remains to be seen if players on different platforms will be matched with one another but based on the current cross-platform capabilities it is safe to assume that will be the case. 

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