The field for the biggest video game tournament of all time is ready, and the most famous player in the world, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, will not be there – at least not as a competitor.
From 26th July to 28th, the Fortnite World Cup will be held at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City for $ 30 million between singles and duo events. The winner of the solo competition receives a life-changing grand prize of $ 3 million.
Ninja, who dropped out of the solo competition two weeks ago when he failed to qualify in the final singles qualification, had another chance to reach New York City in the duo competition. In addition to duo partner Malachi "Reverse2k" Greine (who qualified for the solo division), Ninja took part in the online qualifiers for the last time to see if he can move up to New York City.
Although he said he was sick to reach the final Ninja and Reverse2k went through the qualifying rounds on Thursday in qualifying rounds to reach final qualification on Friday. Ninja did not surpass his attempt to qualify for the World Cup and kept his potential qualification secret from the entire Fortnite community.
After three hours, Ninja and Reverse2k finished 64 points, 25 points behind, to make it to the World Cup final. After his team failed to get to New York, Ninja switched to social media to tell his more than four million followers on Twitter that he could not qualify for the World Cup, but still The World Cup will be an event in a sense.
While Ninja performed his last run privately, Turner's "Tfue" Tenney pursued a different approach by letting his entire qualifying experience stream for the last chance without such a delay on Twitch. When Tfue finished third at the Fortnite Pro-Am in Los Angeles with his famous basketball teammate Josh Hart, he competed with partner Dennis "Cloak" Lepore in front of a permanent audience of more than 100,000 spectators for the three-hour qualifier.  The Fortnite Fall Skirmish champions at TwitchCon last year who won $ 510,000, like Ninja and Reverse2k, were on the starting line all day to earn enough points in their ten games to move forward. Tfue and Cloak stumbled through the first half of their games before running a show in the final game of the three-hour qualifying window, whose run had found an anticlimactic finish throughout the day due to long waits plaguing various top players.
Another popular team that failed to qualify on Friday was facing similar challenges with the team-liquid team of Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan and Noah "Vivid" Wright facing similar challenges with waiting times. With 80 points and within striking distance of one of the final tickets for the World Cup final, the two faced an unbearably long queue to enter their final and to exclude them from the tournament.
It's Not the End of the Tournament At least for Tfue and Vivid, who both qualified for the solo competition and won the $ 3 million grand prize. Overall, the field for the Fortnite World Cup is littered with relatively unknown players, some of whom are only 14 years old, looking for part of the prize pool that caused a sensation in the world of esports at the first announcement. Like Fortnite itself, the qualifiers for the World Cup were unpredictable and sometimes too crazy for their own good. A tournament in New York lacked a few names that have shaped the game since its meteoric rise in the summer of 2017.  Two years after its release, the Fortnite World Cup will tell us what's next for the game, which has been so successful in the game world and popular culture, but has produced mixed results establishing itself as a sport. Epic Games, the inventors of Fortnite, hope that with Ninja in the crowd and millions of dollars, one or two new stars will be born in a city famous for producing them. The future of Fortnite as Esport could depend on it.