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Esports: Fortnite World Cup $30m prize pool

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Taking the esport world by storm, the first Fortnite World Cup has recently finished. With a $30 million prize pool (around £24 million) being awarded to the competitors, the event provided the biggest prize pool ever seen at an esports event.

With Fortnite players taking part around the world, 15 year old Jaden Ashman from Essex, who goes by the name of Wolfiez, came second. This was with his Dutch gaming partner, David Jong. By finishing second, the pair will split an eye-watering prize of $2.25 million (around £1.8 million).

However, the award for biggest competitive gaming prize pot will not last long. During August, the annual Dota 2 tournament is due to take place, with the prize pot surpassing $30 million.

Esports and professional gaming continue to grow year on year, with billions of pounds being pumped into the industry. More gamers are turning professional and, in turn, signing contracts with professional teams. This increases the need to take legal advice to ensure that the contract reflects the gamer’s wishes, especially if the gamer is a minor.

If you are a professional gamer, or represent an esports player or team, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can help you with your professional esports career or professional esports team.

I am based in our Colchester office and can be contacted on 01245 453870 or david.feakins@birkettlong.co.uk.

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