So far, most of Fortnite’s competitive events have been limited to first-party competitions hosted directly by Epic. However, starting next month, Fortnite will join forces with ESL, one of the largest esports tournament organizers, for a new event.
The tournament will be part of ESL Katowice, a popular esports tournament and event that will run over the course of several weekends. Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice is one of the premier tournaments for games like Starcraft 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The tournament will be called the ESL Katowice Royale and will feature two separate sections on two different weekends. The first, which will be held on Feb. 23 and 24, will feature 100 of the top Polish Fortnite players competing for their share of the $100,000 prize pool. The second weekend, which will take place during IEM Katowice’s main weekend on March 1-3, will feature 100 competitors from around the world. The players involved include everything from pro Fortnite players to streamers, chasing after the $500,000 prize pool.
While the only announced partnership between ESL and Epic Games is for this first tournament in Katowice, it’s possible that this could open the door for more third-party hosted Fortnite tournaments in the future.