EStars has announced plans for a series of Fortnite tournaments that are set to be hosted at a number of top Football stadiums across the UK including the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge in London, Celtic Park, Glasgow, the Etihad in Manchester and St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Starting in January at Celtic Park and ending with the finals in March at Stamford Bridge, the tournament will feature solo play on console with a £25,000 grand prize for the final. Other prize money will be obtainable across all the events via a dance competition or making ‘awesome plays’.
Maeve Finnegan, EStars, had this to say about the move: “We are delighted to bring the most popular game in the world to life across the UK and Ireland. EStars featuring Fortnite is for fans of Fortnite to play together. It promises to be an engrossing extravaganza that will be spectacular for the gamers.”
The tournament is open to anyone aged 12 upwards whilst no spectator option will be offered during any of the events. Players between the ages of 12-16 will be able to bring a parent/guardian if they require assistance. General tickets are priced at £25 for each event and there will be over 600 individual cash prizes to be won, spread across the ten different locations.
Below is a full list of locations and dates.
▪ 4th, 5th & 6th January 2019 – Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland
▪ 11th, 12th & 13th January 2019 – Emirates Stadium, London, England
▪ 18th, 19th & 20th January 2019 – Amex Stadium, Brighton, England
▪ 1st, 2nd & 3rd February 2019 – Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
▪ 15th, 16th & 17th February 2019 – Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
▪ 22nd, 23rd & 24th February 2019 – Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, England.
▪ 1st, 2nd & 3rd March 2019 – St. James’ Park Stadium, Newcastle, England.
▪ 8th, 9th, & 10th March 2019 – The National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast, NI
▪ 22nd, 23rd & 24th March 2019 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England.
▪ 29th & 30th March 2019 – Stamford Bridge, London, England.
▪ FINAL: 31st March 2019 – Stamford Bridge, London, England
This is the second EStars event, after the League of Legends tour around Ireland that took place last year. This time, LoL is swapped for Fortnite and the Republic of Ireland is swaped for the UK.
Esports Insider says: The tournament itself is great for young fans of Fortnite, the bigger news here is getting all these football clubs involved during the football season. The event will also show off the potential these stadiums have for hosting future esports events. A curious omission is Tottenham Hotspur, a Premier League side that has expressed an interest in hosting esports at their new stadium – but given they have no stadium at the moment, it’s maybe not as surprising.