Fortnite World Cup Finals to share venue with US Open

Fortnite's Icon Alexander Lee · 9 Apr 2019


Photo via the United States Tennis Association

Epic Games announced the venue of the Fortnite World Cup Finals yesterday: Arthur Ashe Stadium, the large central arena of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, best known as the home of the United States Open Tennis Championships.

The event, which will feature the top 50 duos and top 100 solo players from around the world, will go down between July 27 and July 28. A whopping $30 million in prizes will be awarded over the course of the weekend, with $3 million going to the event’s solo champion. Every player who qualifies for the prestigious event is guaranteed a prize package of at least $50,000.

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Non-tennis events are an uncommon sight at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, though the Fortnite World Cup Finals will not be the first. That distinction goes to a WNBA game played inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2008. Still, this is the first time an esports event has come to the world’s largest tennis stadium, opening up avenues for potential future team-ups with other major esports leagues such as the Overwatch League or North American League of Legends Championship Series.

“Fortnite has a fan base that numbers nearly 250 million players worldwide,” said National Tennis Center COO Danny Zausner in a statement. “We look forward to playing a role in this cultural sensation, with the chance to showcase the National Tennis Center in an entirely new way.”

Tickets for the event are available via pre-registration on Ticketmaster.

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