Fortnite tournament sells out in Raleigh
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.
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.
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