Arthur Ashe Stadium to stage Fortnite World Cup Finals

Arthur Ashe Stadium will host the Fortnite World Cup Finals on July 26-28, Epic Games announced today (Monday).

The 23,000-capacity centrepoint of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, will stage the event for the top 100 solo players and top 50 duos teams from around the world. The prize pool is $30m (€27m) and the solo champion winner will walk away with $3m.

Endeavor – the sports, entertainment, and fashion company – is overseeing operations and logistics for the event.

“The teams at Epic Games and Endeavor are incredibly creative, and we are pleased to collaborate with them,” said National Tennis Center chief commercial officer Danny Zausner. “Fortnite has a fanbase that numbers nearly 250 million players worldwide. We look forward to playing a role in this cultural sensation, with the chance to showcase the National Tennis Center in an entirely new way.”

Further reading: USTA completes US Open renovation on time and on budget

Most recent

The recent round of video game licensing deals signed by clubs and leagues with EA Sports and Konami show how complicated the video game licensing business has become. Callum McCarthy examines whether it is better to sell rights collectively or go it alone.

IMG Licensing says it has secured contracts with 25 Japanese licensees and 21 global licensees for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ben Cronin reports.

Tom Hill, chief commercial officer, World Rugby speaks exclusively to SportBusiness about the commercial programme for the 2019 World Cup in Japan