'Fortnite' is getting a $100 million prize pool - the biggest ever in eSports, and twice what was paid out in 2016

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'Fortnite' is getting a $100 million prize pool - the biggest ever in eSports, and twice what was paid out in 2016

"Fortnite: Battle Royale" developer Epic Games announced this week that it will be putting $100 million towards prize pools for the game's upcoming competitive season - the largest single eSports prize pool to date. But while Epic's big prize package is sure to draw a lot of attention, it comes as eSports has become more lucrative overall.

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As this chart from Statista shows, that total amount has been growing substantially every year. Epic's investment in "Fortnite," which is nearly as much as the $121 million given to eSports winners in 2017 overall, is likely to take the total amount of money in eSports prize pools to a new high in 2018.

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