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This weekend, the world will turn its attention to one of the biggest sporting events of the year: Super Bowl 54. Held in Miami, Florida, this year will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, there’s another event happening before the big game. The NFL and Fortnite are teaming up yet again to bring Twitch Rivals to the Super Bowl. The tournament consists of 16 teams made up of one Fortnite professional and one NFL player.
Twitch Rivals brings the NFL and Fortnite together
This isn’t the first time Fortnite and the NFL have collaborated. We’ve seen licensed NFL skins come to the Fortnite Item Shop as well as an event at last year’s Pro Bowl in Orlando. Twitch Rivals is just the latest in a long line of events put on by both entities.
While a lot goes into an event like this, it’s made possible in large part thanks to the interest of NFL players in Fortnite. It’s well-documented that athletes in all sports play Fortnite on a regular basis. The NFL is no different, as we’ve seen many players hop on and play with popular streamers.
With Twitch Rivals, 16 NFL players will team up with 16 Fortnite pros/creators. The Fortnite streamers were able to draft their partner live on stream a week ago. Here’s a look at the resulting teams:
- Bugha and JuJu Smith-Schuster
- LosPollosTV and Jamal Adams
- Symfuhny and D.K. Metcalf
- Dr. Lupo and Keenan Allen
- Tfue and Kyler Murray
- Nick Mercs and Mike Evans
- TimTheTatman and Johnathan Abram
- Chap and Kyle Van Noy
- Clix and Tarik Cohen
- NickEh30 and David Morgan
- Reverse2K and Baker Mayfield
- Elded and Kenyan Drake
- Ayden and Kurt Benkert
- UnknownxArmy and Avonte Maddox
- NateHill and Eddie Vanderdoes
- BrookeAB and Eric Ebron
Half of the NFL is represented here, though obviously no player from the 49ers or Chiefs are present. The format for the tournament is fairly simple: the last duo standing wins the match. Of course, there are some restrictions in place. You can view the match on the official Twitch Rivals channel starting Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Is your favorite player competing in Twitch Rivals? Let us know, and keep up with Daily Esports for all Fortnite news.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.