Fortnite Faces Flak as Fast Food Workers Apparently Earn More than Most Pros

Published 01/16/2021, 7:34 AM EST


Putting in hours of effort into grinding a game just to receive shout outs is not something Fortnite pros had expected. However, it has come to a point where Epic Games has stopped offering the millions that it once did. Instead, it only has a few hundred dollars to offer, even to those who manage to get a podium finish.

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The situation has sparked a huge debate among the Fortnite community. The pro players are beginning to worry about their future in the competitive scene of the game. With such low payouts, it is no longer sustainable for either players or Esports organizations to continue with Fortnite.

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During a recent stream, Nick Eh 30, a professional Fortnite player, was talking to another streamer. The two were going over how the low pools are going to affect the competition in the game. They made a valid point about how currently Epic Games has the highest number of players in Fortnite competitive. However, they observed how a player not finishing in the top 5 consistently will still be earning less than a McDonald’s employee.

What is up with Fortnite prize pools?

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Even though the number of players playing the game competitively is quite high, the total number of players in the game is much lower than it previously was. This has driven down the revenue streams of Fortnite considerably. Naturally, Epic had to reduce the prize in upcoming tournaments.

The route that Epic has taken with tournaments has already proved to be disastrous for the community. Initially, players were just treating this as a joke and posted some hilarious memes to find humor in the situation. However, the issue has gone beyond the point of humor.

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Fortnite’s low prize pools have already led to the departure of NA legend Zayt. While he has already left the competitive scene, there might be many who follow him soon enough. Regardless of all the crossovers, collaborations, and partnerships, Fortnite is failing to attract players. In the words of Benjyfishy, the game is truly at its lowest point.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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