Fort­nite’s $100m lure

Just when you thought you might get your chil­dren back ...

The Western Star - - GAMES & GADGETS - ANDREW GRIFFIN

THE world’s best Fort­nite play­ers will be com­pet­ing for $100 mil­lion in prizes.

Epic, who make the hugely pop­u­lar bat­tle royale game, have an­nounced they will throw them­selves be­hind Fort­nite com­pe­ti­tions.

The fund will make the game eas­ily one of the high­est-pay­ing eS­ports ti­tles.

The of­fi­cial Fort­nite com­pe­ti­tions are ex­pected to launch this year. But other than that, Epic re­vealed few de­tails.

It is not even clear whether Epic will run one big Fort­nite com­pe­ti­tion or would con­cen­trate on smaller matches.

It did how­ever stress that its ap­proach to the com­pet­i­tive matches would en­sure that the games stayed fun and that they would be “in­clu­sive”.

While the huge prize fund will make Fort­nite play­ers bet­ter re­warded than any other – $100 mil­lion is ap­proach­ing the to­tal prize money given out for DOTA 2 over the last five years – the money is un­likely to trou­ble de­vel­op­ers Epic.

Ru­mours sug­gest the com­pany is mak­ing more than $1 mil­lion a day from its mo­bile ver­sion of the game alone.

Fort­nite is os­ten­si­bly free but en­cour­ages play­ers to buy add-ons and other up­grades.

Mean­while, a study of 858 par­ents of chil­dren who play Fort­nite shows 54 per cent are con­cerned about the neg­a­tive ef­fects of the game.

In par­tic­u­lar, the av­er­age fam­ily polled en­dures 11 ar­gu­ments a month be­cause chil­dren want to spend more time play­ing the sur­vival shoot-outs.

And 63 per cent of par­ents find them­selves “ar­gu­ing con­stantly” about the at­ti­tude they re­ceive when ask­ing the child to come off the game.

Other com­mon fights are about how much time is spent play­ing (54 per cent), the amount of money spent on ingame pur­chases (39 per cent) and gen­eral bad at­ti­tude.

How­ever, just un­der half of par­ents like the fact the game is so­cia­ble, while 43 per cent say it’s nice to see their chil­dren so an­i­mated and ex­cited about some­thing.

Of the 46 per cent of par­ents who think the game has had a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence, 52 per cent like the fact their chil­dren have made new friends on­line and 31 per cent think they’ve be­come more con­fi­dent since play­ing.

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UPPING THE STAKES: Epic, the com­pany be­hind the hugely suc­cess­ful game Fort­nite, has an­nounced $100 mil­lion in prizes for play­ers.

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