Nov 15, 2022 - News

Fortnite tournament sells out in Raleigh

The 2022 Fortnite Champion Series Invitational in Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Showing off its enduring popularity, Epic Games also hosted a jam-packed Fortnite competition in the City of Oaks over the weekend.

Driving the news: Epic's 2022 Fortnite Champion Series Invitationals at the Raleigh Convention Center was the first time the company has hosted an in-person tournament since its 2019 World Cup.

Epic said tickets for the competition were sold out, though it declined to reveal the number of people who attended.

  • A Halo tournament at the convention center in 2020 had around 8,000 attendees.
Fans wait in line at the Raleigh Convention Center to attend the 2022 Fortnite Champion Series Invitationals. Photo: Courtesy of Epic Games

Zoom out: There's big money to be made in the world of esports, thanks to a rabid young fan base. That's one reason the state of North Carolina has put a huge emphasis on recruiting events like the Fortnite tournament.

  • The invitational had a total purse of $1 million and included 100 of the best Fortnite players from around the world.
  • The winners — the duo Kami and Setty, which both have more than 150,000 followers on Twitter — took home $200,000 for winning first place.

Go Deeper: The Triangle is increasingly becoming a hub for esports


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