The NHLPA and Fortnite appear about to cross paths, but neither party has made much noise about the potential crossover. (UPDATE: The NHLPA and Epic Games officially announced the tournament Friday. See more below.) Here's what you need to know about the meeting of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and Fortnite.
NHLPA Fortnite: Everything You Need to Know
A tournament calling itself the NHLPA Open appeared in Fortnite's competitive section this week. The description for the event says it will be a trios competition, but it doesn't appear open to the public. It asks potential players to "reach out to [their] NHLPA contact for more details."
"This is a private NHLPA tournament," the description continues. "Best of luck!"
The NHLPA has not confirmed involvement with the tournament.
The description makes no mention of whether or not the tournament, scheduled to take place Thursday and Monday, will be broadcast anywhere. Considering how little information is available within 24 hours of the event's start and the lack of publicity from both the NHLPA and Epic Games, it seems unlikely any such broadcast will take place.
Fans hoping to watch their favorite hockey players duke it out in Fortnite, or to join in on the action, are likely out of luck.
UPDATE (5/15/20 12:58 p.m. ET): The NHLPA and Epic Games officially announced the NHLPA on Friday. More than 60 NHLPA members will compete Monday, May 18 in a trios tournament organized by by J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman for a $200,000 charity prize pool. Notable participants include Sebastian Aho, Thomas Chabot, and Johnny Gaudreau, with a full list of participating players still to be announced.
The tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel.
"Players across the league are passionate Fortnite players," Compher said. "While we cannot compete on the ice right now, it is important to the guys that we give back in a meaningful way."