Epic Games announced Wednesday the Summer Skirmish series for Fortnite: Battle Royale. The event has a prize pool of $8 million.

The Summer Skirmish is a competitive, eight-week series for ​Fortnite players.

"The events start this weekend with a $250,000 Duos competition," Epic Games said in a news release. "Participants will be made up of community creators and Fortnite players who have demonstrated their competitive prowess. The format and competitors may change from week-to-week, so stay on your toes." 

Epic Games mentioned it will provide an update with more information for how interested players can qualify for a future event.

The Summer Skirmish is the beginning of what Epic Games hopes to be the future of Fortnite esports.

Epic Games released the​ final Season 5 teaser Wednesday, in preparation for the start of Season 5 on Thursday. It also conducted a clever augmented reality game event involving fans ​in-game and ​over the world.

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