Introduction to Fornite Betting
Fortnite took the casual gaming industry by storm in 2018 with it’s game-changing “building” mechanic and playful animations. The battle royale has seen success as an esport, highlighted by the Fortnite World Cup which saw more than $30M in rewarded prizes and played an integral role in the recent push of gaming into mainstream culture. This article aims to provide an understanding of Fortnite and the limited ways to bet on the game.
Fortnite may have gained traction as a fun game to play with friends, but the title has also thrived as an esport.
Epic held the “Fortnite World Cup” in July 2019 in the heart of New York City. The event featured $30M in player prizes, including a whopping $3M to the winners of the Solo and Duo Cups. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won the Solo event, becoming an overnight sensation. He appeared on many of the major talk shows in America and saw his social channels explode following the event. He now has 4.7M followers on Twitter and his own gaming accessories line at Five Below.
Since the World Cup, Fortnite has continued to be a successful esport. Epic followed up on the World Cup by announcing the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) and has since progressed to hosting almost daily tournaments. You can see a list of all upcoming events here.
Epic is not the only organization hosting Fortnite events, as Dreamhack recently announced the Dreamhack Fortnite Open, featuring monthly competitions for $250,000 in prizes each month.
Most Fortnite events are scored by the following method. Players receive points for both eliminations and for survival (placement points). This format provides incentive to both play for eliminations as well as to win. Tournaments can be played in teams of one, two, three, or four with the total player count always being capped at 100. Solos and duos are the most common.
As a battle royale, the last player standing wins. You can win a game of Fortnite without getting a kill, hence why players are rewarded for both eliminations and surviving. Here is a video of a player winning a World Cup qualifying match without using weapons!
Different ways to bet on Fortnite
Esports – Surprisingly, not many betting sites offer consistent betting on Fortnite events. A few sites offered lines for the World Cup, but I have yet to find a site that supports betting on the current slew of competitive Fortnite events.
Twitch Betting – What is currently offered is the ability to live bet streamers play the game. This can be done on multiple gambling sites, which will be covered in the next section of the article.
It alludes that there is a lot of opportunity for gambling sites to add Fortnite to their slew of offerings, but none have taken the necessary steps to add the title to their site.
This is surprising to say the least. Fortnite is one of the most popular game titles and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, as evidenced by the more than 3 million fans who tuned in live on Twitch to view the Galactic Event earlier this week.
Fortnite Betting Sites
As mentioned, very few sites support Fortnite betting. The ones that do seem to only offer the ability to be live on Twitch streams and not on official competitive events. Here are a few sites that offer Fortnite betting in any form:
VULKANBET offers the ability to bet on specific Twitch streamers who have agreed to have their content on the site. The most recognizable of these streamers is Loeya, who has been a Fortnite content creator since very early in the game’s lifespan.
Unikrn also offers the ability to bet on streamers and features a larger variety of options. The most well-known creator on the site is FaZe Replays, known for his YouTube videos where he often tries to win matches with only one weapon.
We hope that soon there will be more Fortnite wager sites out there which will allow betting on Fortnite for money. It would be truly amazing to see bet365 Fortnite betting tab on their site!
What makes Fortnite Special?
Fortnite was not born a battle royale (BR). The Epic Games title was originally (and still partially) a PvE (Player vs. Environment) game. This version of Fornite is called Fortnite: Save The World. In this mode, Players defend their base against incoming hordes of zombie-esque waves of attackers.
The BR game was released during the battle royale craze spawned by the initial lineup of BR games: PUBG, H1Z1, and DayZ. Epic decided to release a battle-royale version of the game in addition to the PvE mode. 350 million registered gamers later – they are certainly glad they did.
Fortnite features an entirely unique mechanic; building. Building allows players to add to the surrounding environment by building one of four structures: ceilings, ramps, and cones. Together, these structures provide personalized details to a map already worth playing – gamers love this. Players can build anywhere on the grid, the built-in map provides extra cover, but more importantly, can be destroyed to gain the materials needed to build.
Fortnite, with its meteoric rise in popularity, cemented the free-to-play model as “the model” for multiplayer games. Epic built the franchise by following a bi-weekly update schedule. Each update brought new weapons, items, and map changes – all without disrupting the core gameplay and the appealing storyline. This kept the game fresh. This core storyline is still going three years later. For example, the “Galactic” ingame event attracted more than 3.5M additional livestream viewers earlier this week.
This bi-weekly update strategy has become the mold for successful FTP games. Apex Legends and Warzone are popular examples of games that mimicked Fortnite to provide more meaning to the worlds the players play in.
To learn more about what makes Fortnite so unique, here are some good links.
Fortnite Betting: Conclusion
Fortnite betting seems to be lagging behind other esports titles – why might this be? I assume three main factors inhibit bookmakers from including the title in their list of offerings.
First, as a battle royale, Fortnite naturally includes more luck than other titles, alluding that bookmakers may not feel comfortable offering consistent lines.
Second, the list of registered players for Fortnite events are not always publicly available. Often, events are open to players of a certain caliber, but no determined list of players is ever present for bookmakers to aggregate and provide lines to be bet on.
Third, Fortnite is exceptionally prone to cheating as a BR game. This has been evidenced all throughout the game’s history, with even top player FaZe Dubs cheating in a Daily Cash Cup.
I believe the current landscape of Fortnite betting will change. Fortnite is an incredibly popular title and should continue to grow as an esport. As more structure is introduced to the competitive scene, more bookmakers should be able to add the title to their sites. For now, your best, and only option is to use one of the aforementioned sites that offer Fortnite betting on Twitch streams.
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