Hey my fellow dudes and dudettes, how yinz been? Good? Good. Let’s get straight to the point on this one, cause I’ve put a lot of thought into this topic after our savior, Deke, asked about it.

Is Fortnite an eSport?

Well…in my opinion…I guess? It’s a stretch to me. It technically is, but not in the sense of most other eSports. It’s…like a half baked version? When you think of eSports, you probably think of teams facing off against one another, 1v1 essentially. That’s not really the case in Fortnite. Honestly, it’s not even really a battle as much as a survival anymore. Let’s go into detail on this.

Is it a team vs team game? Sort of. Yes and no. Do organizations have players/teams? Yes, FaZe, 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, etc, have players playing under their organization, but there aren’t really events that have “teams”. It’s more solo or duo than anything else, which brings me to another point. There is no like 100 Thieves vs FaZe Clan, which I feel is a big part of eSports.

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Events. Honestly…this is one of the biggest reasons why I have issues with Fortnite being considered an eSport. They have little to no events, outside of the World Cup. They don’t have a pro league, they don’t really have anything. Which blows my mind, for a game so big. At the same time though, it’s not really an overly entertaining game to watch either, in my opinion.

Is it fun to watch? To me, no, not at all. To others? Maybe?? The general gist I get when it comes to Fortnite is that you either love it or hate it. Something I’ve noticed is that if you’re a fan of other big eSports, such as Overwatch, CSGO, League of Legends, you don’t like Fortnite or at the very least care for it. It’s sort of in it’s own niche. Me personally, I feel there is no action, at least with the way the game developed, with late game just being people tunneling themselves in with building, and just moving when the circle moves until there are just a handful of people left. It’s just plain boring, there is no clutch factor, no real outplaying. You just hide and survive after gearing up for a little bit. That’s about it. Take a look at Call of Duty, those games are all action, high speed intensity the WHOLE game, it’s riveting to watch honestly. Another thing, take a look at the League of Legends scene. This weekend, there is a HUGE event, called Rift Rivals, pitting North America vs Europe. I’ll go into more in-depth details on that in another article, but just give that a look, that’s what an eSport is.

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Fortnite is a different animal, highly unique and in my opinion drove the gaming industry to up their game. I don’t think it does much for the eSports industry, though. The World Cup is awesome, the fact that anyone can qualify if they are good enough is amazing. You don’t have to know someone to get into the elite of the elite, you just have to be GOOD. That’s awesome to me, but outside of the World Cup, the competitive aspect just isn’t there. There’s no ranked league, there is no pro league, there is nothing to keep the competitive drive going.

Overall, technically you could consider it an eSport, but in my mind, it’s barely that if at all. You love it or hate it. More often than not it seems, if you enjoy the other big eSports, Fortnite ain’t it chief. I’ll stick with OWL, CSGO, CoD, LoL, all those with consistent events and opportunities to root for my teams. #C9WIN #OPTWIN #AnteUp and most of all #100WIN, honor among thieves babyyyyyyyy.

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3 comments

  1. There is ranked Arena. Also there’s a ton of clutch factor that goes into end game…split second decisions strung together definitely makes for clutch plays, there takes a good amount of skill to avoid fights midgame to get into endgame instead of wasting supplies and asking for a 3rd party. It’s definitely different and that’s why some hate it but that’s also why the viewing numbers are literally astronomical.

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    1. I completely respect that opinion, this article is purely just my opinion and how I’ve personally seen it. I’m honestly not good at Fortnite, but I’ve also made in into the top 5 and won games numerous times by avoiding fights with my friends in the midgame. I’m sure it has the potential to be different in competitive play, but that’s how I’ve experienced it. Also, ranked arena funnels into the World Cup, which is why I don’t consider it a separate entity, nor is it necessarily a league as much as it’s just a ranked mode.

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    2. I think more to Marty’s point is that there is no Pro Circuit or League that will ever come from Fortnite. Arena is the stepping stone to the World Cup, and although “Fortnite Friday’s” are an awesome event, that’s just an event. Fortnite has done an amazing job of creating a platform for the game to be showcased but this won’t convert over the same way that the ESports games have. Fortnite is the ultimate streamers goal, a game that can take 15 minutes with an insane amount of upside for content that is both hilarious and amazing game play and for that reason millions adore it, including me!

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