The developers at Epic Games are holding a huge competition for charity called the ‘Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am’ at E3.
The event has pairs (composed of 50 pros and 50 celebrities), competing for a shot at a $3 million prize pool and of course, ultimate bragging rights for the team that clinches the Victory Royale. The best part about the prize pool? The money is donated to a charity of the winning team’s choice. First place will win $1 million, split between the teammates. How great is that?!
PC Gamer put it best: the event is guaranteed to be a ‘beautiful disaster.’ Dillon Francis has publicly admitted that he ‘sucks’ at the game, but let’s face it…you don’t always have to be good at something to enjoy it.
— Dillon Francis (@DILLONFRANCIS) June 8, 2018
In contrast to that, Marshmello plays Fortnite every chance he gets. Ninja admitted that at times it’s hard to coordinate their schedules due to Marshmello, well, being Marshmello. But they make it work and Marshmello himself has shown interest in streaming video games. You could say that Ninja has taken ‘Mello under his wing. It could also be said that Marshmello’s new mantra is now ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Fortnite, Repeat.’
Suffice it to say, the celebrities competing have skills ranging from ‘Ninja Understudy’ to ‘Person Who Once Touched A Keyboard Probably‘ (many thanks to PC Gamer for that fantastic analogy).
Additionally, Ninja and Marshmello took over E3 for a few hours on Monday to play Fortnite via Youtube Live. During the stream, Ninja earned a Diamond play button from YouTube for his incredibly quick climb from 1 million subscribers to 12 million. In the same stream, Marshmello released his newest track Tell Me, from his upcoming album Joytime II, which is being released on June 22nd.
A massive congrats to @Ninja on his 10M diamond play button! Ninja grew his channel from 1M to 10M subscribers faster than any other non-music channel in the history of YouTube, and he did it in under a 100 days. INSANE! Congrats!! Special appearance by @marshmellomusic!! pic.twitter.com/hgmUooqUj0
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) June 11, 2018
Fortnite: Battle Royale has been breaking records ever since Epic Games initially released the game on July 25th of last year. This past April, Fortnite won ‘Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Multiplayer/Competitive Game‘. Additionally, it received nominations for ‘Best Spectator Game’ (IGN) and ‘Best Co-op Game’ (PC Gamer). For a game less than a year old, it’s making some serious waves.
The Fortnite team sent out e-mail invites to see the Fortnite Pro-Am in action. However, as tickets for the live event are capped at 3,000, it’s likely that most people will be tuning in via live stream.
The Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am kicks off on June 12th at 3:30 PM PST. If you happen to be one of the very lucky people who’ve managed to secure a ticket, head to booth 2723 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center to dive into the action. If you’re tuning in via live stream, check out Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Mixer.
Tune into any of the channels listed, and you have a chance at winning a Fortnite swag bag. If you’re not able to catch the live stream, Tweet #FortniteProAm for a shot at winning a prize. Additionally, one very lucky fan will walk away with a Fortnite VIP fan swag bag whose contents will be revealed during the live stream.
Which team do you think will win the ultimate bragging rights of a Victory Royale? Will you be tuning in to watch the live stream? Let us know in the comments below!