Celebrities, esports pros team up for tournament
Gamers competed in Fortnite to win $3 million for charity at E3
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.
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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.