In possibly the weirdest news of the New Year, it has been announced that Australia’s biggest Fortnite competition will take place during the finals of the 2019 Australian Open.
Competitors will battle it out in the Fortnite Summer Smash, which will take place on Margaret Court Arena on January 26-27.
Fortnite players will have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes in the Fortnite Summer Smash solos event, while the duos charity event will see sports, entertainment and gaming personalities fight for glory.
Players will compete for a whopping $500,000 in prize money, with the Solos winner taking home $100,000 cash. Winnings from the celebrity duos games will be donated to charity.
The prizes will be distributed as follows:
- 1st place: $100,000
- 2nd-3rd place: $50,000
- 4th-6th place: $25,000
- 7th-10th place: $5,000
- 11th-15th place: $3,000
- 16th-20th place: $2,000
- 21st-100th place: $1,000
- 1st place: $50,000
- 2nd-3rd place: $20,000
- 4th place: $10,000
“The Fortnite Summer Smash at the Australian Open will see some of the best gamers from around the country do battle just hours before the world’s best male tennis players compete for the AO title,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein added, “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the fun of a competitive Fortnite event to fans and players in Australia.”
The tournament is open to the first 500 players to register online. The lucky 500 will be invited to compete in one of five heats at Margaret Court Arena, with the top 20 from each heat progressing to the 6-match finals the next day.
Meanwhile, the Duos ProAm will include a line-up of Australian sports stars, celebrities and streamers like Loserfruit, Lachlan, Muselk, Lazarbeam and MrFreshAsian.
Registration opens at 12pm AEDT Wednesday, January 9 on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon receiving an invitation to qualify you will have to be at least 16 years old, be a resident of Australia and purchase an entry pass for $49.
Don’t get too attached to your own gear, though: a prerequisite of competing is using the mouse, keyboard or controller provided at the event. Kathleen ‘Loserfruit’ Belsten, one of Australia’s top streamers, doesn’t want that to stop you though.
“Anyone who thinks they have a chance should enter. I know a lot of OC [Oceania] players who think they are the best and this is the time for them to prove that they are the best and they can make it.”