One of the biggest tournaments in professional tennis, the Australian Open, is to host two Fortnite events this year. The Fortnite “Summer Smash” takes place at the Margaret Court Arena on Saturday 26th January 2019, and will feature a solos and duos tournament where Australia’s best players compete for a slice of the $500,000 prize pool.
The Fortnite Summer Smash solos event consists of three phases: registration, qualifying and finals. Only the first 500 eligible players to register online will be invited to compete in one of five heats. Each heat will consist of two matches, with the top 20 from each heat progressing to a six match Grand finals event on the 27th January.
Attention gamers: Fortnite Summer Smash at the Australian Open will take place on 26-27 January during finals weekend. Tickets on-sale today starting at $5 for kids. https://t.co/5DlL3zXskf@FortniteGame pic.twitter.com/eTs4bFr5VR#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 7, 2019
Once solos comes to a close, the charity duos event will kick off. It’ll be a three match affair featuring “some of Australia’s best players from gaming and entertainment.”
Unsurprisingly, Fortnite’s already crossed into the sporting world. A selection of official NFL skins were available to purchase in-game for a limited time, and Fortnite dances have been used in professional sports throughout the last twelve months.
The Australian Open is one of four major tournaments in professional tennis, the others being Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open. Lift a trophy at one of these events and you’ve won yourself one of tennis’ greatest titles - they are a huge deal.
It’s pretty remarkable, then, that Fortnite’s partnered up in this fashion. Esports and general sports really are colliding, and it could pave the way for more partnerships like this in the future.
Thanks PCGamesN for spotting the announcement.