‘Fortnite’ Pro-Am Results: Find Out Who Won the E3 Tournament

Fortnite took center stage at E3 during its offsite Celebrity Pro-Am. Fifty duos competed for up to $3 million in charitable prizes, but only one Squad came out on top. For those in the Fortnite community, the victor is hardly a surprise.

For 2018’s tournament, the coveted Golden Pickaxe went to none other than Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and EDM artist Marshmello. After The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs went down with minutes left in the match, fellow streamers KittyPlays and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop were left without partners. CouRage had built a tall wooden base for defense, but it was only a matter of time before Ninja snuck in with the winning shot. With just seven health left, CouRage’s only choice was to accept defeat.

Overall, the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament was a night of incredible feats. Ninja reclaimed glory after racially-charged controversies earlier in the year, Marshmello won it all while wearing a thick mask and CouRage put on an amazing show despite being added to the event’s roster as a last-minute alternate. For fans of Fortnite, it was a night to remember.

Here’s a full breakdown of the top 10 Duos and their awarded cash prizes:

  • #1: Ninja / Marshmello / eight Eliminations / $1 million
  • #2: CouRage JD / Kenneth Faried / 10 Eliminations / $500,000
  • #3: KittyPlays / Chandler Riggs / eight Eliminations / $250,000
  • #4: StoneMountain64 / Jordan Fisher / six Eliminations / $100,000
  • #5: Ali-A / Pete Wentz / three Eliminations / $80,000
  • #6: WillyRex / Prince Royce / zero Eliminations / $70,000
  • #7: GoldGlove / Witt Lowry / six Eliminations / $60,000
  • #8: Patriota / Kyla Drew / three Eliminations / $50,000
  • #9: Samara Redway / Cyrus Spencer / zero eliminations / $40,000
  • #10: LoserFruit / Russell Horning / six eliminations / $30,000

Ninja’s stunning victory was preempted by the announcement of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Following Epic Games’ $100 million investment into Fortnite esports, the developer has announced it will use that money to support community events, online events and major competitions where any player can enter and win. In this entirely merit-based system, prospects will compete in qualifiers to earn their their spot on the ladder. Full rules and platform details are expected to be announced at a later date.

The 2018 Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am was a testbed for Epic’s larger plans for esports. Between its two warm-up matches and a tense final bout, the event continued without any major disruptions. It remains to be seen, however, just how well Battle Royale can work its way into a rigid tournament structure. PUBG has mostly struggled to find a great esports solution, but can Fortnite establish a new standard?

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