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ESL Katowice just the start for major Fortnite tournaments in 2019

Published: 24/Jan/2019 16:26 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 17:09

by David Purcell

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Epic Games is set to partner with more third party tournament organizers to host Fortnite tournaments with over $50 million in prizing, according to a top esports insider.

After announcing a deal with ESL to hold a Fortnite tournament at IEM Katowice in March, industry expert Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau claims that that 2019 will be “the year” for Fortnite esports as Epic Games has several other lucrative partnerships in the pipeline.

The upcoming ESL Katowice Royale will see the likes of Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore, Noah ‘Vivid’ Wright and other big streamers and pros compete for huge prizes, with a total of $500,000 up for grabs.

However, this is just the start – Breslau says.

Epic GamesCompetitive players and their viewers have a lot to look forward to in 2019.

“Epic will be partnering with several more tournament organizers throughout the year for Fortnite esports” he tweeted.

“Make fun of Fortnite all you want – and I will continue to put Epic Games on blast for their poor handling of Competitive Fortnite mixed with game updates – 2019 is the year of Fortnite esports with massive viewership to come.”

The Katowice Royale event will take place between March 1-3 alongside a separate Polish edition of the tournament, which will have a $100,000 prize pool of its own.

This will mark the first time that competitive Fortnite has made an appearance at an IEM event, which is positive news for both fans and professional gamers alike.

Competitive Fortnite was recently dismissed by Twitter as an esport, however, the potential of even more future partnerships with major tournament organizers like ESL can only be a positive for the status of the professional scene.

If other big TO’s such as DreamHack, MLG, ELEAGUE and more can be attracted to Fortnite esports, the level of validity and the caliber of events will undoubtedly increase, as ESL lead the way.

If you’re interested in the upcoming event, check out more details about Fortnite at IEM Katowice here.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.