The final round of the Fortnite World Cup takes place in a stadium in New York. The winner will earn more prize money than Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic as Wimbledon Champion.
Forty million players tried to qualify for a 1
The $ 30 million prize pool is the largest ever awarded for an e-sports event. All finalists will take home at least $ 50,000, and the second, third and fourth will become millionaires.
Fifteen-year-old Benjy Fish – whose name is Benjyfishy – is one of only a handful of British players to make it to the finals.
Speaking at his hotel in New York, he said this was the culmination of eight hours of exercise a day in the last five months. When he wins, he plans to buy a house for his family. But he admits to being nervous.
"It will be a little different when I'm on stage because I've never been to a big stage like this," he said.
"I've only played in my bedroom so far, so it's going to be different, but right now I'm feeling very confident because I've been training so much. In the last two weeks I've scheduled about 12 hours each day of training.
Another suspected British player is 14-year-old Kyle Jackson. Known as Mongraal, he is a professional player since he was 13 years old.
"It's much more serious than people think," he said.
"It took a lot of work to qualify, so it's not just the game I've played at least 8-10 hours a day to be here."
Over 30 nations will be represented by 70 players from the US, 14 from France and 11 from the UK.
On Thursday, players were given a tour of the arena where the contest will take place.
A two-stage computer-based stage has been set up. Each player can participate in his or her exact home setup with the same mouse and keyboard or the same controller with which he is familiar. Huge screens will intersect between the actions for the audience.
Tens of thousands of fans will fill the Arthur Ashe Stadium – usually the home of the US Open tennis tournament. More millions of viewers are expected to be online to cheer on the stars of the hugely popular online shooter game, which counts 250 million users worldwide.
The event also marks the second anniversary of the launch of the Battle Royale title.
Probably the most popular game in the world, it involves dropping 100 players onto an island where they must find weapons, build structures and eliminate each other until a player is ahead.
The highlight of the finale will be the first World Champion of the game and the field is incredibly open. Around 30 players are considered potential winners.
The 22-year-old gymnast Tenney is being watched closely. Known online as Tfue, it has over 11 million followers on YouTube and 6.6 million on Twitch's game streaming site.
However, the competition for the final was tough and Fortnite's biggest celebrity player, Ninja, could not qualify. There are also no female finalists, the majority are boys under 16 years.
In addition to the decision on the solo champion, the duo tournament will be held on the weekend. Fifty teams of two fight for the Outbuilding, the Out-Shoot and the Outmaneuver. The winner pair must share $ 3 million.
Benjy Fish is one of 18 players fighting for solo and duo victory.
His team-mate Martin Foss Anderson, player's name MrSavage, will be his rival on Sunday as they both fight for the title. The 14-year-old Norwegian has a team around him with a social media coordinator, managers and physical and mental trainers.
He says he's not nervous because he's used to streaming his matches to a large audience.
"Being a World Champion would be a great feeling, so I'm competing to win," the teenager adds.
The tournament is part of a push by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, to enter the emerging e-sports industry.
According to a recent report by Newzoo analysts, 2019 marks an important milestone for the global e-sports market, which for the first time will exceed the billion dollar mark, with the majority coming from sponsorship and media rights.
Researchers predict that global e-sports audiences will grow to 453.8 million this year.
Epic caused waves in the e-sports world when it announced in 2018 that at its annual competitions, it would feature dwarves priced at $ 100 million, every other competitive game title. It fit the year 2019 and broke the record for an event by offering a prize pool of $ 30 million to reach its peak. Although it is still incredibly popular with players and viewers, other Battle Royale titles like Apex Legends attract players.
Fortnite can be played for free, but sells items in the game, such as character skins and novelties, which the company estimates are worth hundreds of millions of dollars a month.
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