The Australian Open tennis tournament will be held at the end of January, and competitive Fortnite will be dropping in with two competitive tournaments. There will be $500,000 up for grabs between two tournaments which will happen during the Australian Open finals weekend of January 26.
The event is being titled “Summer Smash” and will feature a professional solo tournament and a ProAm duo tournament. The solo tournament will offer $400,000 to contestants, while the ProAm will have a $100,000 prize pool which will go towards charity. The ProAm will be full of 100 personalities from entertainment, gaming, and traditional sports. We suspect that the Summer Smash ProAm will be similar to the ProAm at E3 2018. The ProAm tournament will be held after the solo event and will be 3 matches.
According to event rules. Only Australian and New Zealand residents may participate in the event:
“Upon receiving an invitation to the qualifying event, you will need to complete the following challenges:
- Be 16 or older at the time of the event
- Be a resident of Australia or New Zealand
- Have a valid ID and precinct entry
- Agree to the Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open event rules
- Use the on-site peripherals (mice/keyboard/controllers) provided.” – Official Australian Open Summer Smash website.
Players who are interested in registering for the solo tournament can do so starting January 9. The first 500 eligible players to register online will be invited to compete in one of five heats. According to the event website, players will have to compete in one of five heats in order to qualify. Each heat will consist of two matches, with the top from each heat progressing to the 6-match Grand Finals event a day later. There will be no external devices allowed, so players must use the devices allocated by the event organizers.
The Solo Tournament Format:
- Victory Royale: +3 Points
- 2nd-3rd Place: +2 Points
- 4th-10th Place: +1 Point
- 3-4 Eliminations: +1 Point
- 5-6 Eliminations: +2 Points
- 7+ Eliminations: +3 Points
Prizes for the Solos Tournament:
1st place: $100,000
2nd/3rd place: $50,000
4th-6th place: $25,000
7th-10th place: $5,000
11th-15th place: $3,000
16th-20th place: $2,000
21st-100th place: $1000
It’s unfortunate that other professional players like FaZe Clan’s Tfue or Team Liquid’s 72hrs can’t compete due to tournament rules. On the plus side, we get to see two epic tournaments of Fortnite Battle Royale!