Fortnite World Cup qualifiers begin
The qualifiers for the $30 million World Cup began on April 13, as players aim to secure a spot at the New York finals in Summer, which boasts a remarkable prize pool that covers both solo and duo matches.
For the winners of the solo tournament, they will walk away with $3 million – the biggest amount ever for a single player at an esports tournament – and Tfue is certainly among the hopefuls.
Tfue quitting competitive Fortnite
The reason for his decision may not come as a surprise to some, as he previously missed out on the IEM Katowice Royale tournament to choose streaming instead.
“This is my last competitive shit, the World Cup,” Tfue stated, “I’m not going to qualify anyways so shouldn’t even be playing this shit [the qualifiers] anyway. But I don’t care, I don’t need the money anyway. I’m just playing it for fun.”
He went on to say that he probably could “do well” in the qualifiers, but explains he would rather “stream and do badly, than not stream.”
Streaming his qualifying matches, with no delay either, leaves Tfue open to the threat of ‘stream snipers’ – players deliberately targeting him in-game, knowing his exact position through his stream.
Still, in his first day of matches, he racked up 61 points – including an incredible 1 HP clutch too.
Tfue’s exit from competitive Fortnite could be a hit for the esport in general, as he is comfortably the best known professional player.
He is also currently the second highest earning player in terms of prize money, behind only Ghost Gaming’s Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller.
Epic Games will be aware of the dilemma they have in keeping popular streamers motivated to play in competitive events, which obviously take time away from them streaming.