Fortnite is a Battle Royale third-person shooter developed by Epic Games, a free-to-play mode that was originally meant as an addition to their main game, featuring cooperative play in a zombie survival scenario.
Battle Royale mode features up to 100 solo or squad players, airdropping from a “Battle Bus” to an area, where they need to scavenge for weapons and resources, while staying alive, as to keep the game progressing, a game mechanic of an incoming storm is introduced, shrinking the available play area, and damaging anyone who is left behind in the storm. The winning condition of this mode is to be the last one standing, through strategical play, as Fortnite differs from other games of the same genre, by introducing the ability to craft structures, changing the battle landscape, and allowing players to introduce new strategies on the spot.
Fortnite in Esports
Fortnite gained extreme popularity since the release of its Battle Royale mode, having over 10 million players in its first two weeks since release, and becoming a phenomenon in the current gaming culture, especially among the younger generation.
Currently, Fortnite is in its beginning stages of becoming an actual esport, with Epic Games experimenting with game formats, but offering hefty prize pools, with the Winter Royale featuring a $1 million prize pool divided for the European and North American Finals, where solo players competed against each other, to aggravate the most points for kills and wins to earn the highest possible place.
2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals
At the end of 2018, Epic Games announced, that in July 26-28th they will host a World Cup, with a prize pool of $30,000,000, which will be split between all players, with the winners of the solo and duo tournaments going away with $3,000,000.
In order to get an invitation to the World Cup Finals, Epic Games introduced online qualifiers, that are played weekly, and players from six regions compete in solo or duo queues, to acquire the most points during the matches, and to become the top of the ladder, for a chance of getting a cash prize and/or an invitation to the World Cup Finals solo/duo queue tournaments.
With a prize pool of $30 million, Fortnite in its first World Cup surpasses the prize pool of DOTA 2's The International 2018, which had a staggering amount of $25 million.
Knowledge is power
As Fortnite is still in its early stages of developing as an esport, with the prize pool that they could dedicate to their first World Cup, one can only hope what Epic Games will think of in the future for developing their professional scene.
For now, bookmakers will certainly provide odds for the World Cup Finals, but as the scene is right now quite chaotic, and nothing is clearly defined, their offering won't go further than outrights and match winners.
As there is still almost two months before the big event, you should start by watching the most skilled players, and reviewing their playstyles, strategy, and in the case of duos, teamwork, which could give you an edge while betting.
Main betting markets
One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.
This is the market, where you simply bet on which team or player will reign victorious by the end of the game.
Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.
This type of market is much more prone to team or player errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team or a player you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the competition.