Celebri­ties, es­ports pros team up for tour­na­ment

Gamers com­peted in Fortnite to win $3 mil­lion for char­ity at E3

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Raju Mud­har EN­TER­TAIN­MENT REPORTER

LOS AN­GE­LES—WHILE the Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment Expo here is all about new game an­nounce­ments and demon­stra­tions, the big­gest game in the world is do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently to help keep its in­cred­i­ble mo­men­tum go­ing.

For the first-ever “Fortnite Celebrity Pro-am” held Tues­day even­ing at E3, more than 3,000 spec­ta­tors filled the Banc of Cal­i­for­nia Sta­dium to watch 50 celebri­ties, in­clud­ing ac­tors, mu­si­cians and ath­letes, part­ner up with 50 pro­fes­sional play­ers/stream­ers/ con­tent cre­ators for a glitzy videogame tour­na­ment.

Up for grabs, be­sides brag­ging rights, was a $3-mil­lion prize pool for char­ity.

It was prob­a­bly the best demon­stra­tion so far of the rise of es­ports and video-game stream­ing cul­ture, which seems on the verge of break­ing through into the main­stream.

And with 125 mil­lion Fortnite play­ers signed up so far in only its first year, the main­stream mo­ment has ar­guably al­ready ar­rived.

For more E3 cov­er­age on Nin­tendo, Ubisoft and more, go to thes­tar.com/gam­ing

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This event was in­spired by the huge stream­ing au­di­ence that gath­ered on­line when Fortnite streamer Ninja, left, teamed up to play with Drake and other celebri­ties in March. For this tour­na­ment, he com­peted with DJ Marsh­mello, right.

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