Fortnite's biggest tournament yet will officially begin on November 30th, 2018, and some of the game's biggest names failed to qualify.
Fortnite has now become so big that it is more than just a mere video game. Hard to explain that to someone who doesn't play, but those of you who have been drawn in know exactly what we mean. There are a lot of you too. At last count, Fortnite had 8.3 million concurrent players across all of the platforms upon which it is available.
When we say Fortnite is now more than just a game, we mean that quite literally. The incredibly popular battle royale-based phenomenon is now an esport. In fact, starting November 30th, 2018, Epic, Fortnite's developers will be running its biggest tournament yet. The Winter Royale. The European half of the competition will run from November 30th, and North America's Winter Royale will begin 11 days later, on December 11th.
Avid Fortnite players among you excited about the prospect of competing in the Winter Royale, we have some bad news. Qualifying for the event took place last weekend, and the 200 competitors have been determined. Shockingly, some of the game's top streamers, and players who get paid to play Fortnite, have not qualified for the tournament. Suffice to say, some of them are no happy about it.
Wild stream fam, haven’t grinded Fortnite like that ever. Wasn’t able to qualify but big congrats to everybody that did, GL in the next round. Also, Emus Bday is tomorrow, gonna be off the grid. Much love, goodnight! ❤️— 100T Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) November 26, 2018
Well known Fortnite players such as Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Nate Hill, and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff were some of the biggest casualties from last weekend, as reported by Dexerto. While it isn't the first tournament of this type on Fortnite, it is the first time that paid players and famous streamers haven't been granted spots without having to qualify. It's understandable why the above players are frustrated too when there's $1 million up for grabs.
60hz in me mums basement wish me luck boys. pic.twitter.com/e2aa3YNNLF— Myth (@TSM_Myth) November 24, 2018
One name from the streaming world you might recognize who has qualified is Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani. Myth finished 127th overall despite having to duck out for Thanksgiving dinner. The Fortnite aficionado complained about the timing of the tournament and even had to buy himself a new monitor since he was at his mom's house for the holidays. Fair play to him for still qualifying despite the circumstances.