Fortnite World Cup 2020 cancelled1st May 2020
Epic Games has announced the Fortnite World Cup 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free-to-play battle royale game has been a worldwide phenomenon ever since it debuted back in 2017.
It gained so much popularity that in 2019, the inaugural World Cup was announced.
The prize pools were eye-watering, as 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf netted $3 million for himself after winning the solo competition.
Likewise, 15-year-old Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman – from Essex in the UK – earned $2.25 million to split with Dutch team mate Dave ‘Rojo’ John after placing second in the duos tournament.
Given Fortnite’s mass popularity and the success of the inaugural World Cup, many were looking forward to the second iteration.
However, developer Epic Games has announced major changes to all competitions relating to the battle royale title.
Now, any events that were scheduled to take place at a venue have been transitioned to an online format.
Though, the World Cup itself has been cancelled due to “the limitations of cross-region online competition”.
Its other events can continue as planned since they will be region-specific and as such, the connection between players shouldn’t be too bad.
The World Cup, on the other hand, comprises of competitors from all over the world and since they cannot meet in person, they would have to match with each other in different countries.
As the world does not know when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, Epic Games is not sure when its operations can return to normal. Though, it is hopeful that by 2021, everything can resume as planned.
While many will be saddened the Fortnite World Cup is no longer taking place this year, it would be unwise for it to go ahead with social distancing and lock down measures still in place across the globe.
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