$500,000 Fortnite Summer Smash Comes to Australian Open

Marshmello and Ninja in the Mello Cave.
Australian Open is adding a $500,000 Fortnite tournament with the help of Epic Games and ESL.
  • The Australian Open will feature a $500,000 Fortnite: Battle Royale tournament
  • The Fortnite Summer Smash will offer solo and team events
  • $100,000 will go to the winner of the solo tournament

The Australian Open, one of the most famous tennis competitions, has announced that it will add a $500,000 Fortnite: Battle Royale event. How exactly is the ambitious Fortnite Summer Smash going to be featured?

The Fortnite Summer Smash Arrives and It Bring $500,000 in Cash Prizes

The $500,000 Fortnite Summer Smash is part of Epic Games’ efforts to boost the game’s esports popularity and an opportunity for The Australian Open to benefit from partnering up with one of the most-loved recreational video games of all times.

Australian Open 2019 Tennis Open
The official Australian Open Fortnite event.

If you have missed on the big news and you’re not entirely certain what Fortnite is, suffice to say it’s a massive “battle royale game” where 100 people are thrown into a battlefield that continuously shrinks and with it – your chances of success.

Epic Games, the company developing the game, has invested $100 million in prizing money for various competitive events all throughout 2018 and 2019.

Upcoming Fortnite Competitions:

  • Fortnite Summer Smash
  • Fortnite World Cup

The Australian Open event will see 100 professional Fortnite players join the competition and play alongside athletes, influencers, content creators and more high-profile figures who secretly or openly share an affinity for competitive video gaming. The entire pow-wow is coming together with the help of the Esports League (ESL) and Epic Games.

The Fortnite Summer Smash will be split into two main competitive events, featuring different game modes. In the first leg, players will be on their own joining the Fortnite Summer Smash Solos. The competition is available for the first 500 people to sign up who are at least 16 years old, more specifically:

  • Be 16 or older at the time of event
  • Be a resident of Australia or New Zealand
  • Have a valid ID and precinct entry
  • Agree to the Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open event rules
  • Use the on-site peripherals (mice/keyboard/controllers) provided.

As to the schedule, on-site qualifying events will be held on Saturday, January 26, ahead of the women’s singles tennis finals. Whoever survives will then reach the grand final and fight for a minimum prize pool of $1,000 and the winner of the event bagging $100,000. The finals are ahead of the men’s single finals on Sunday, January 27.

Once the solos have been done and dusted, we’ll see the Duos Celebrity event arrive with sports and entertainment celebrities getting behind their gaming stations. The winner of this format will be able to donate $50,000 to a charity of their own choice. Second and third places will also fetch $20,000 each and be able to allocate those for charity. Fourth place will claim $10,000.

The list of attendees hasn’t been announced in full yet, but several high-profile influencers have already been named, including Loserfruit, Lachlan, Muselk, Lazarbeam and MrFreshAsian.

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