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The Esports World Cup taking place this summer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, features an unprecedented prize pool of over $60 million, the largest in esports history, surpassing the previous $45 million record set by Gamers8 in 2023.

This historic prize pool will support 20 distinct tournaments across 20+ competitive titles over eight weeks. It marks a significant step in the Esports World Cup Foundation’s efforts to grow the global esports industry and provide sustainable career options for competitive players and multidisciplinary esports clubs.

The Club Championship, a unique cross-game competitive format, will award $20 million to the top 16 clubs based on their overall performance. Each club can field rosters in multiple titles, and the club with the best performance across various game championships will be crowned the first Esports World Cup Club Champions.

The remaining prize pool will be divided into three categories: Game Championships, Player Bounties, and Qualifiers. Each of the 20 Game Championships will have its own prize pool totaling over $33 million. Additionally, a $50,000 MVP player bounty will be awarded to a standout participant in each competition. Fortnite alone has a prize pool of over $1 million for the finals.

Thirty esports clubs from around the globe have been accepted into the Esports World Cup Foundation Club Support Program. This initiative aims to create sustainable infrastructure for multidisciplinary esports clubs. Participating organizations can receive six-figure funding to enter new esports titles at the highest level, diversify their competitive footprint, and provide more opportunities for esports athletes.

A key aspect of the event is the collaboration with ESL, introducing an innovative game mode focused on club organizations rather than individual players. This new mode requires clubs and their Fortnite rosters to work cohesively, emphasizing team strategy and collaboration.

Here are some of the organizations that have announced their participation in Fortnite:

- Team Heretics
- Karmine Corp
- Heroic
- Team Falcons
- XSET
- Dignitas
- Fnatic
- Outlaws
- Giamin Gladiators
- Guild Esports
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- LOUD
- Team Liquid (BR)
- Elite Esports
- Twisted Minds
- T1
- BIG
- Agent
- Stride Esports

The Esports World Cup is significantly impacting the competitive landscape of Fortnite and esports in general. The collaboration with ESL for the new club-centered game mode is a major step forward. While this mode requires adaptation, it is a promising start. This initiative has the potential to grow and improve, offering new opportunities and a bright future for Fortnite!

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Author Bio

Andrea Memoli

Zenko is an Esports manager specializing in Fortnite, he has worked with two of the best organizations in Europe (Become Legends) and NA (Fusion Esports).

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