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Fortnite World Cup announced – prize pool, how to qualify and watch, location, dates

Published: 22/Feb/2019 14:53 Updated: 22/Feb/2019 15:59

by Matt Porter


Epic Games have officially announced details regarding the upcoming Fortnite World Cup, including dates, location, and how Fortnite players can secure their spot at the big event.

The Fortnite World Cup was first announced as part of Epic’s roadmap to the 2018-19 competitive season, but very little was offered in terms of information regarding the major event.

With the Fortnite World Cup now confirmed, here’s everything you need to know about the massive tournament.

Epic have released new information regarding the much-anticpated Fortnite World Cup.

How do I qualify for the Fortnite World Cup?

Fortnite fans will have the opportunity to seal their place at the Fortnite World Cup through ten weeks of Online Qualifiers. These will run from April 13 to June 16, with $1 million in the prize pool for each weekly qualifying event.

Epic Games state that the “top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duos teams from around the world will join us for the Fortnite World Cup Finals,” meaning that there are plenty of opportunities for World Cup hopefuls to seal their place at the event.

When and where is the Fortnite World Cup finals?

The Fortnite World Cup Finals will be held on July 26-28 in New York City, although the exact location of the tournament is yet to be announced.

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What is the prize pool for the Fortnite World Cup Finals?

The Fortnite World Cup features the biggest prize pool in the game’s history, with $30 million on the line for those who make it to New York City. Epic Games state that “Each one of those players will be guaranteed at least $50,000 and the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion will walk away with $3,000,000.”

What is happening at the Fortnite World Cup?

Not only will Solos and Duos tournaments take place at the Fortnite World Cup, there will also be a number of other events taking place at the Finals, with “fun custom challenges in different modes and formats” for players who aren’t interested in the battle royale tournaments.

Other modes and challenges will be at the Fortnite World Cup for attendees not interested in battle royale.

How do I watch the Fortnite World Cup?

While Epic Games are yet to release any information about how the Fortnite World Cup will be broadcasted, it’s likely that the entire tournament will be broadcast on Fortnite’s official Twitch channel. Epic Games also stated that fans could enjoy the tournament either “ in-person or by tuning in online”, but there is currently no information about tickets available.

What is Fortnite’s competitive roadmap for 2019?

Alongside the exciting announcement of the Fortnite World Cup, Epic Games have reaffirmed their commitment to the competitive community, by announcing that the $1 million weekly tournaments will continue throughout the remainder of 2019, with Epic expecting to hand out $100 million in prize money by the end of the year.

More information about the Fortnite World Cup will become available  as the event draws closer, so make sure to stay tuned for Dexerto for all the latest news regarding the massive event. 


Fortnite leak hints at Tomb Raider crossover with Lara Croft skin

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:42

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite players are convinced that the game’s next major crossover skin will be Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise.

When Season 5 of Epic Games’ popular battle royale launched in December 2020, it came with the theme of ‘bounty hunters’ as Agent Jonesy attempted to “gather the greatest hunters across all realities” to protect The Loop.

So far, we’ve seen hunters including God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and of course The Mandalorian make appearances in the game as playable skins.

Who’s next? Well, fans have been gathering clues – alongside a recent leak – and they think they’ve discovered that the next newcomer to The Island will be none other than Tomb Raider legend Lara Croft.

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Fortnite fans think Lara Croft is coming to The Island.

Is Lara Croft going to be in Fortnite?

According to Fortnite dataminer Mang0e, a new crossover skin codenamed ‘Typhoon’ will be arriving in the game soon. It will be a female character with reactive styles, and the portal on the map indicting her arrival has a ‘flicker’ effect.

While codenames like this one don’t always have a link to the final skin, some fans believe that ‘Typhoon’ is a reference to the opening of 2013 reboot Tomb Raider, where Lara gets stranded on an island after a violent storm sinks her ship.

As for being reactive, there could be a number of possibilities. One could be that as the player receives damage, the skin appears more bloody and bandaged up, which would reflect Lara’s modern appearance in the recent trilogy of games.

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Lara Croft would fit the ‘hunter’ theme of Fortnite Season 5.

A recent tweet from the official Tomb Raider account has added even more fuel to the fire. Using symbols, the tweet depicts Lara thinking about three emojis. One of them is a pickaxe, which is a piece of Fortnite iconography.

Of course, Lara uses a pickaxe in her own game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. Lara would also fit the ‘hunter’ aspect of the season, as she uses her bow and arrow to hunt prey in the games.

The rumors have even got some dedicated fans creating their own artwork. Twitter user @wawa_cwoft mocked up what Lara Croft could look like as a Fortnite character, and it’s got us fully on board with the concept (as if we weren’t already).

But what if it’s not Lara Croft? Well, there’s been heavy speculation about Metroid’s intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran joining Fortnite as a crossover skin.

With Kratos representing PlayStation and Master Chief representing Xbox, Nintendo are the only company behind the ‘big three’ consoles who haven’t got a skin representing them yet. Samus could be perfect for the job.

Whoever the new crossover skin turns out to be, fans will be able to get their hands on them soon enough as Season 5 of Fortnite is scheduled to come to an end on March 16, 2021.