One of the biggest esports events of the year is set to take place this weekend when the Fortnite World Cup Finals get underway on July 26. Qualifying for the event started back in April and now the final list of entrants is set and odds have been released.
The prize pool for the event is an astonishing $30 million, which makes it the largest prize pool for a Fortnite event by a huge margin. The previous highest prize pool was at last year’s Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series, which paid out a total of $4 million.
The event features both a solo and a duos tournament. Tfue is set as the +800 favorite to win the solo tournament, while Tschinken/Stompy are the favorites to win Duos at +500.
Betting props are also available for the event, including the region of the Sportsbook and whether or not the Sportsbook will belong to an organization. Check out my betting props article for an in-depth look at those.
Each player (solos) or team (duos) will compete in a series of six Battle Royale matches, with the scoring system set as follows:
At the conclusion of six matches, the player (or team) with the highest number of points will win the grand prize. Tiebreakers will work as follows:
Total points scored
Total Victory Royales in the session
Average eliminations in the session
Average placement per match in the session
A coin flip
Ninja Misses out on Qualifying
If you’re not into esports or the online gaming community, you probably still recognize the name Ninja (unrelated to our Andrew “Ninja” Avery). Despite being famous in the gaming community, first as a professional Halo player, he exploded into the mainstream in 2018 when he did a Fortnite live stream with Drake. Since then, he’s continuously been one of the top streamers on Twitch and he was even featured on the cover of ESPN magazine.
Unfortunately, despite being one of the most recognizable faces in the Fortnite community, he missed out on qualifying for the World Cup. He was just two points away from making the cut in Week 6 of qualifying, but his efforts weren’t quite good enough.
Controversy over Scoring System
Many gamers and competitors have voiced their displeasure with the scoring system that Epic Games has decided to implement in their competitions. Some feel that earning a victory is undervalued at 10 points, therefore aggressive styles that care more about elimination points than placement points will be rewarded. Because of this, you may want to value players and teams who have a high elimination rate over those who have a high placement rate but a low elimination rate.
Key Notes for Solos
Key Notes for Duos
Here’s a look at the full list of odds for both the solo and duos events: