In a statement released by the Fortnite team at Epic Games last night (Wednesday 7th July), it was revealed that Epic will be hosting a series called the ‘Summer Skirmish’.
The series, kicking off this weekend (14-15th July) with a $250,000 tournament between content creators and competitive Fortnite players, will be played over the course of eight weeks, with $8 million being shared throughout.
The statement read as follows:
“We are excited to announce that this summer Epic Games will host the Summer Skirmish series. We’re kicking off an 8-week series of competitions where we’ll be awarding $8,000,000 in prize money. The events start this weekend with a $250,000 Duos competition. Participants will be made up of community creators and Fortnite players who have demonstrated their competitive prowess. The format and competitors may change from week-to-week, so stay on your toes!
PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO JUMPSTART THE COMPETITION, INVITATIONS FOR THE INAUGURAL SUMMER SKIRMISH MATCHES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN QUALIFY FOR AN EVENT.”
Several players have already been confirmed as participants. These are:
- Jack “CouRage” Dunlop and BaldyKun (OpTic Gaming)
- TypicalGamer and Thiefs
- KittyPlays and Tfue
- Chaps and 72hrs (Team Liquid)
It is interesting to note that players such as FaZe Clan’s Tfue and TSM’s Daequan were not invited to participate in the opening tournament – though Tfue has since been invited to play by KittyPlays.
The lack of top pro players would have made fans seriously question the legitimacy of the event, but the fact that they can still be asked to team by the content creators that have been invited at least makes for more competitive viewing.
Though the Summer Skirmish series is going to be great for fans of the game, it doesn’t seem to do a lot to prove the doubters of Fortnite esports wrong. A series of show-matches does not comply with what you expect from competitive gameplay, but hopefully it will bring in more eyes from the casual fanbase.