Solo and Duo winners can each earn $ 3 million before taxes (duo partners split the money). The Duos Prize will be awarded on Saturday and the solo champion will be crowned on Sunday.
Epic Games, which is partially supported by China's Tencent, ran qualifying rounds for weeks to identify the finalists. According to Nielsen's SuperData, an estimated $ 71
Ninja and Dr. Lupo did not respond to a request for a comment.
Without famous headliners, many unknown teenagers are fighting for the last $ 3 million. They think it's their chance to make a name for themselves.
"My Mother allowed me to play Fortnite just before my 12th birthday in September 2017, "said Lion Krause, whose name is GL Lyght. He arrived from Germany to compete in the solo category of the World Championship. "I played a lot in my free time and got better week by week."
Epic declined to comment on whether Ninja's absence would hurt viewers. But CNN Business said that the World Cup was a chance for unknown players to get known.
"It has always been our intention that the Fortnite contest be open and inclusive to players from around the world, and we offered an open platform for anyone to prove," the company said.
Many of these boys Children are professionals, which means they are committed to working with organizations to help them with the pursuit of social media, training, and more, but they have not always started like this by playing at home and working in the fortunate community. Rising ranks, they attracted the attention of recruiting gambling organizations like Faze Clan and Game Legion.
"It feels wild, but it definitely feels real because I've honed and put it in. I know I'm one is the best and can win the tournament, "said Daniel Walsh, 16, also known as Faze Dubs, who said he earns about $ 80,000 a year in video games.
His Part Noam Ackenine, 14, who follows Faze Megga, said he earned $ 120,000 in games this year. Dubs and Megga could qualify for solos and duos. If one of them wins, he could take home $ 4.5 million.
Both boarded Fortnite when the craze for the game was highest.
"I started playing at 13 and all my friends talked about it and they said it was the next big game, so I just kept going and started playing the game," Ackenine said.
Megga and Dubs acknowledge that Fortnite is not as popular anymore.
"Fortnite is losing some popularity, but at the same time it's a big deal for pros, especially at the World Cup," said Ackenine.
When asked if he would turn to other games, he said, "We will only play the biggest game there is, Fortnite."