By now there’s no doubt that one of the most captivating games of our generation has sneaked onto your smartphone or console – Fortnite recorded 250 million players globally by March 2019, and the free-to-play battle royale’s momentum hasn’t slowed down in 2020. The concept of the game is simple – jump out of the Battle Bus with 100 other players and fight to be the last player standing as you collect weapons and building materials along the way.
BUT CAN YOU MAKE MONEY PLAYING FORTNITE?
In 2019, 16-year old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won $3 million (that’s almost R45 million), when he took first place in the Singles competition during the Fortnite World Cup. There’s lots of money to be won playing Fortnite, but how much of that money can you win in South Africa?
Two of South Africa’s best players are Adam “Neymar” Bhamjee and Kareem Khan. Neymar and Kareem compete in the majority of online and local tournaments, and both Bravado Gaming players regularly finish in the top three and are well-known names in the local Fortnite community.
Between May and December 2019, Neymar won an estimated R57,000 in prize money from local Fortnite tournaments. Meanwhile, Kareem’s estimated total earnings for 2019 sit at about R95,000. Both players are still in high school.
THE BIGGEST WINS
Dalre Vermaak, host of South African podcast “FortcastZA” says the 2019 Schools Cup had a prize pool of R80,000, with half of the winnings going to either your school or a selected charity, while players claimed the remaining cash. Neymar won this competition.
Another big tournament in 2019 was the Fortnite Competition held at the Rand Show. Between a series of online qualifiers, competitions at the Rand Show, and daily prizes, the total prize pool was close to R100,000. Kareem took home R40,000 in winnings from his Rand Show placings.
HOW CAN YOU PLAY FORTNITE AND WIN MONEY?
2019 was the first competitive year for Fortnite. In 2020, there should be even more opportunities to compete and potentially win prize money. Dalre says that most Fortnite competitions currently ask for a small entry fee from each player, which then goes into the prize pool. Currently, he says that there are Fortnite competitions every month with prize pools that go up to R20,000.
While many of these tournaments now offer custom lobbies, if you’re new to playing Fortnite competitively then you may want to give a “kill race” tournament a go. In this style of competition you play one game of Fortnite and need to get as many kills as possible – and the player with the most kills takes home first prize.
There are a few places to start, if you’d like to get a taste for playing Fortnite competitively:
Local tournament organiser ACGL offers weekly Fortnite competitions for PC and PS4 players. Anyone can enter and play online, for free, with weekly prizes sometimes including cash or vouchers.
The annual Rush esports event will be taking place at the Rand Show’s Festival of Gaming in April in Johannesburg and will offer you a chance to try out competitive Fortnite play. Sponsored by Vodacom 4U, this tournament will run for all six days on PS4, PC and iPad (cross platform play) and will be a duo squad kill race format. You’ll be able to arrive during the Festival to compete or you can book a slot online on the Mettlestate website. Registrations for this tournament will open on Wednesday 26 February. Give it a shot and, who knows, you could take home some sweet moola!
Want to know more about whats happening at Rush and the Rand Show Festival of Gaming? Check out our event hub here.
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