The Best Esports Tournament


Declan McCann
Declan McCann

June 15th, 2022

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Claiming just one esports tournament as “the best” is tricky to say the least, but we are willing to give it a go. This blog is purely based on our opinion so we know not everyone is going to like or agree with our choice. We’ve looked at the sheer scale and size of the prize pool to determine our choice, as well as the general impact and global influence it had on not only the industry, but the people within esports.

Now that we’ve gotten the disclaimers out of the way, we won't hold you in suspense any longer. The tournament we think takes our number one spot is…the Fortnite World Cup. This event was featured previously in our Top 5 Biggest Esports tournaments and Our Top 4 Esports Moments blogs. It is an iconic moment for esports with celebrities, streamers, and upcoming pro players taking part. Oh, and it has a $30 million prize pool. It certainly ranks high on any list, but there are other factors that make it our number one.

First of all, let’s talk about how it granted access to anyone, all over the world. Players had the chance to be able to earn serious money for playing their favourite game. Kyle “BUGHA” Giersdorf was the winner of the solo tournament in 2019 and won $3 million, while even last place still received $50,000. To create access to life changing money like that is awesome.

The event also had an enormous amount of attention from the gaming scene, the stream saw 2.3 million concurrent viewers and that is not including viewers from within the game and anyone watching from China. These aren’t the craziest numbers an esports event has seen, but they are still exceptional and definitely support our choice to position as the best esports tournament.

With all this hype and attention inside the gaming space, it finally became much more widespread. The tournament got media attention, mostly after it had ended, due to everyone being mind-blown that kids as young as 16 were winning millions of dollars playing video games. Winners were getting interviews on morning and late-night TV shows. Fortnite had already done a great job at making gaming become more mainstream but the Fortnite World Cup propelled it even more.

While the Fortnite World Cup may not have had the biggest viewership, the various different factors we have outlined all add up to earn the Fortnite World Cup the number one spot. What it was able to do for the space, namely the mainstream acceptance and recognition it gave gaming and gamers, is undeniably unrivalled by any game or tournament.