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Epic Announces $1.5 Million Tournament at PAX

Amanda Zelauskas

Epic Games will be running an official Fortnite tournament over four days at PAX West from Friday, August 31 to September 3, and is open to attendees on a first come, first serve basis. As long as attendees are over the age of 16, have a valid driver’s license, and a PAX badge, people can participate for their shot at the $1.5 Million purse.

Photo courtesy of Epic Games.

Photo courtesy of Epic Games.

If you want to participate in the Summer Skirmish event, registration will open each day at 8:00 PST and the registration booth will be located at the PAX Lot 73 on 8th and Pine. The first three days will start off with three qualifier rounds followed up by final qualifiers. The final tournament will be held on Monday, September 3 and will be livestreamed on Fortnite’s official Twitch page.

The final event on September 3 will be a 3-stage solo event. At each stage, players can earn points based off of match wins, placement, and kills. Here is how the scoring system works for the event:

  • Victory Royale: +3 Points
  • 2nd – 3rd Place: +2 Points
  • 4th – 1010 Place: +1 Point
  • 3-4 Eliminations: +1 Point*
  • 5-6 Eliminations: +2 Points*
  • 7+ Eliminations: +3 Points*

*Points can only be earned once a match. For instance, 10+ eliminations would earn you 3 points while additional points do not stack.

During the Grand Finals, all players who qualified through will play six matches to crown the winner. Here is the prize pool breakdown:

1st $225,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $135,000
4th $120,000
5th $105,000
6th $67,500
7th $52,500
8th $37,500
9th $30,000
10th $22,500
11th-15th $15,000
16th-20th $11,250
21st-100th $5,000


Each game within the tournament will be played on Epic provided high-end PCs. Participants much use the gaming peripherals Epic is providing for players, except for Xbox One or PS4 controllers. Here is what Epic is providing to players:

  • Logitech G502 mice
  • Logitech G-Pro keyboards
  • Standard Xbox One and PS4 controllers (as an exception, players may bring their own officially supported Xbox One or PS4 controllers)
  • Astro A40 headsets
  • Alienware AW2518H monitors (1920×1080 resolution locked)