World Showdown of Esports (WSOE) has announced the third stop in its tournament series, and it’ll see 100 players take part in popular Battle Royale title Fortnite.
WSOE 3 will take place on December 30th at the OGN Studios in Manhattan Beach – the venue that was built with Battle Royale competition in mind ahead of the National PUBG League.
The Fortnite tournament will have a combined prize pool of $100,000, using a combination of professional players and community members to compete for the lion’s share. Players for the following organisations, among others, have been invited: Cloud9, Team SoloMid, NRG Esports, Ghost Gaming, OpTic Gaming, FlyQuest, G2 Esports, GankStars, and Team Vitality. 50 other players will be sourced from qualifiers on December 27th.
Richard Lewis, Director of Talent at ESP Gaming will put his hosting experience to good use by heading up WSOE 3. Casters for the event include Jon Kefaloukos, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Troy “2LoudTX” Tuttle, and Javier “MonsterDFace” Collazo. Both Lisa “Lucy Mae” Malambri and Lauren Jbara will be reporters.
The company’s launch event was the PUBG Pan-Continental, which saw the likes of OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan compete for $100,000 (£78,709). WSOE 1: The Dota 2 Showdown took place over October 14th-15th, whereas WSOE 2: The Hearthstone Showdown spanned over December 19th-21st.
World Showdown of Esports is owned by content creation company ESP Gaming. Founded in July this year, it’s described as a “premier, multi genre esports tournament series” that offers fight card-inspired action.
Esports Insider says: WSOE has been an interesting tournament series so far, and this event is further proof that the company isn’t afraid to choose a variety of titles. Many still question Battle Royale games’ status as esports so perhaps WSOE 3 can help to shift some perceptions should it be seen as a success.