​'Fortnite' Developers Offering $100m To Best Players

If you've been playing Fortnite: Battle Royale, chances are you're hooked - along with the other several million users worldwide.

Well, now you can make money from your gaming obsession, with the game's developers announcing that they're dishing out a whopping $100 million (£74m) to 'fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions'.

The news was revealed on Twitter:

In a full statement on the Epic Games website, the Fortnite team explained that they not only wanted to get behind competitive play 'in a big way', but also wanted to be 'more inclusive'.

"Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Since the launch of Fortnite: Battle Royale we've watched the passion for community competition grow and can't wait to empower you to battle with the best.

"In the 2018-2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We're getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different - we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game."

The message added: "Stay tuned for more details about competitive structures and eligible platforms in the weeks ahead!"

Making money from playing Fornite is, of course, no new thing. Earlier this year, we reported on the youngest professional player of the game - who is just 13 years old.

Credit: Team Secret
Credit: Team Secret

Kyle Jackson, who is part of Team Secret, started gaming at the age of eight, but it wasn't until a couple of years later that he realised he was 'probably better than the average player', and eventually began playing competitively at nine or 10.

"Playing games and travelling all over the world is kind of a dream for all kids," he told the BBC, saying that his school friends are 'kind of' jealous of his opportunity.

Playing remotely, the youngster has never met his teammates - apparently leaving one person in shock when it transpired Kyle was just 13, as his voice 'doesn't really sound' like it comes from someone that age.

However, he added that they all treat him like he's the same age as them, saying: "It doesn't really both me."

Currently, Kyle doesn't make money from his contract with Team Secret, but will get a share of the prize money from any competitions.

Kyle says that his parents are supportive of his gaming, and his dad has even agreed to come with him whenever he partakes in competitions around the world.

He does, however, have some stipulations, including a 9pm curfew... Well, even gaming prodigies need their rest, I suppose.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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