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Epic Games announce last minute changes to Fortnite Secret Skirmish schedule and prize pool

Published: 13/Feb/2019 21:58 Updated: 13/Feb/2019 22:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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Epic Games have been forced to make changes to the Fortnite Battle Royale Secret Skirmish just 24 hours before its set to kick off.

When the Secret Skirmish was first announced, Epic had revealed that there would be four competitions played in total – one Solos, one Duos, and two secret tournaments for which the details had not been disclosed.

However, on February 13, Epic Games announced that the two additional competitions they had planned for the Skirmish will not be played due to technical issues.

“Unfortunately, after testing on-site, we ran into technical issues that prevent us from holding these bonus competitions with the confidence needed to produce the show,” Epic stated. “We are removing the secret evening “operations” from the original schedule, and will continue with the Solos and Duos competition as planned.”

Epic GamesAs its name would suggest, not a lot of information has been revealed about the Secret Skirmish.

This means that the Secret Skirmish will now be solely composed of the Solos and Duos tournaments, the former to be played on February 14 and the latter on February 15.

The $25,000 total in prize money designated for the additional competitions will be reallocated into the Duos prize pool, which now sits at $100,000. The prize pool for the Solos competition remains at a whopping $400,000.

Epic never announced any details about those “secret” additional competitions, and it’s unclear whether they will ever reveal them, considering that they’ve now been cancelled.

When announcing this change of schedule, Epic did say that these tournaments were going to be non-Battle Royale competitions that were meant to “illustrate more competitive options in the Fortnite competitive ecosystem.”

With so many prominent content creators and pro players participating in this Skirmish, many were speculating that Epic were planning on having them test out new competitive features still in their experimental phase. 

The Secret Skirmish will feature many of the community’s biggest content creators and pro players.

You can check out all of the details for the $500,000 competition, including the scheduling, confirmed players, streams, and more, by visiting our dedicated Secret Skirmish hub

Make sure to monitor our Twitter @Dexerto and the Dexerto Fortnite page for regular updates and news regarding the tournament. 

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Top 10 most valuable esports teams in 2020: 100 Thieves, FaZe, more

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:51

by Calum Patterson

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According to a new report from Forbes, the top 10 most valuable esports companies are worth a combined $2.4 billion, with some truly eyebrow-raising figures for teams like TSM, Cloud9 and FaZe Clan.

Forbes has released an annual estimate of the most valuable esports companies since 2018. Their sources for the figures comprise of “Company executives, investors, investment advisors, public documents.”

This does leave room for the organizations themselves to potentially inflate the figures somewhat, so should not be seen as an exact and accurate value. Rather, it is essentially an informed estimate.

Some of the standout moves from 2019 include 100 Thieves jumping 5 spots up to 5th, as well as the disappearance of Immortals Gaming from the top 10.

Top 10 most valuable esports companies

  1. TSM: $410 million (+3%)
  2. Cloud9 $350 million (-13%)
  3. Team Liquid: $310M (-3%)
  4. FaZe Clan: $305M (+27%)
  5. 100 Thieves: $190M (+27%)
  6. GenG: $185M (-)
  7. Enthusiast Gaming: $180M (-)
  8. G2 Esports: $175M (+6%)
  9. NRG Esports: $155M (+3%)
  10. T1: $150M (-)

In their report, Forbes says that overall esports revenue fell $150 million, largely due to the cancellation of most LAN events. This is said to have had a “knock-on effect” on merchandising and sponsorships too.

100 Thieves COO John Robinson said “The modern battlefield in gaming is for larger social media and YouTube talent.” 100 Thieves specifically now have a large roster of content creators, including the likes of Valkyrae, BrookeAB, Neeko, Yassou, CouRage, Tommey and more.

100 Thieves content creators at the Cash App Compound
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100 Thieves now boast a huge roster of content creators.

This has perhaps come at the expense of actual esports teams though. 100 Thieves pulled out of Counter-Strike, but have joined the Call of Duty League for the 2021 season. The company expects to make $16 million in revenue this year.

FaZe Clan are similar to 100 Thieves in their approach to signing the biggest talent in content creation, not just competitive players. FaZe CEO Lee Trink said “What you have seen in the last year is other esports companies are catching on to what has been our philosophy from day one, which is to explore the outer reaches of what gaming can be.”

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FaZe Clan continued their emphasis on content creators in 2020.

For Immortals, who dropped out of the top 10, are estimated to have sold the OpTic Gaming brand back to Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez for $10 million – significantly less than they bought it for.

With the hope that esports will return to putting on live events in 2021, an even bigger jump in these estimations could be expected. Although, the first CSGO major of 2021, which was scheduled for May, has already been canceled. So too has the Fortnite World Cup.