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Fortnite has already passed CS:GO in all-time prize money

by Brad Norton

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The Epic Games Battle Royale sensation, Fortnite, has skyrocketed to become the second-highest paying esports title in the history of the industry, passing CS:GO in the process.

Released in July of 2017, Fortnite is a relative newcomer in the competitive video game landscape yet with its short track record, the Battle Royale title is already ascending to great heights in the esports industry. 

Throughout its rapid rise to the top of the pack, Fortnite has elevated past massive competitive franchises such as Call of Duty and Halo. However, in order to claim the second spot in the world, Fortnite just knocked CS:GO down a peg.

The Esports Earnings website was recently updated to reveal that Fortnite had risen to the second overall spot in terms of worldwide prize pools. 

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    Among its peers at the top of the pack, juggernauts such as League of Legends and Starcraft 2 which released in 2009 and 2010 respectively, have played host to thousands of competitive tournaments over the years and generated tens of millions in collective prize pools.

    Fortnite on the other hand, being a more recent release, is yet to even so much as crack the 500 tournament mark. Yet even with such a low quantity of events in comparison, there’s no denying the significant impact it has had on the industry as a whole.

    Now sitting in the second spot overall, Fortnite tournaments have doled out $82,909,282.39 in total prizing compared to the $82,728,806.35 in collective CS:GO prize pools.

    In large part, the recent astronomical funding for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup event bumped the presence of Fortnite by a whopping $30 million USD. 

    Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf of the Sentinels, walked away from the solos competition in first place, earning $3 million USD for his efforts. 

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    Epic Games - Fortnite World Cup 2019
    The spectacle of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup

    With ESL One New York right around the corner as the top CS:GO teams prepare to do battle inside the Barclays Center for their share in $200,000 USD, it’s likely that the FPS sensation will continue to go back and forth with the Battle Royale for some time.

    Meanwhile TwitchCon will soon serve as host for a huge Twitch Rivals Fortnite tournament which will boast a gargantuan 1.2 million USD prize pool.