Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek has sensationally revealed that some Fortnite Battle Royale pro players have reached out to him to discuss their plans heading into the $30 million Fortnite World Cup event, and it doesn't sound good for fans of the game's competitive scene.
The popular Twitch streamer, who has built up a reputation for being a human aimbot on games such as CS:GO, PUBG, and others, was streaming Apex Legends on April 16 when he made his viewers aware of comments that had been made in private between himself and other pros.
Shroud claims that the Fortnite World Cup might be the last fans see of many pro players, as they've grown frustrated with the state of the game's competitive play.
"They're kind of lost with how to please their pro scene, but they don't really care. That's obvious," shroud said during an on-stream discussion about Epic Games' popular battle royale title.
He added: "A lot of pro players have messaged me saying like 'yeah we're quitting after the [Fortnite] World Cup shit and I'm like 'Really, they're just going to throw more money in' and they're just going to play again."
On the point of prize money, Epic Games might not satisfy every member of the game's competitive scene, but the developer has certainly gone above and beyond in 2019 - with a total of $100 million in earnings up for grabs during the course of the year.
One of the highest earning pro players, FaZe Clan's Turner 'Tfue' Tenney, has already indicated that he may take a step away from the competitive scene and just focus on casually streaming on Twitch moving forward. Whether or not that will happen, though, remains to be seen.
It's unclear how many competitors have reached out to shroud and he hasn't revealed any names of those who have made clear that their intentions are to quit the game. Nevertheless, it's very much a warning sign for anybody connected with Fortnite esports.
The Fortnite World Cup qualifiers kicked off on April 13 and weekly tournaments will take place, each of which have a $1 million prize pool, and will come to an end on June 16.