Australia’s largest competitive gaming event, the Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open will return to Melbourne Park on February 1 and 2 next year.
The event, extended to two days during the Australian Open finals, will have an Australian dollar 100,000 Charity ProAm on Day One Saturday, followed by the dollar 400,000 solos championship on Sunday, the last day of the first Grand Slam of 2020.
The inaugural Summer Smash at Australian Open 2019 saw big names including Lazarbeam, Lachlan, Dr Lupo, Vikkstar, Loserfruit, MrFreshAsian, Muselk and Valkyrae team up with Aussie electronic-duo Peking Duk, Dave Hughes and Nick Kyrgios in the celebrity ProAm.
One of Australia’s top competitive Fortnite players X2Twins Jesse took out the main prize, earning more than Australian $100,000 in front of a packed crowd at Margaret Court Arena, Tennis Australia has stated in a report on Australia Open official website.
Players from around the world will be invited to participate in the $400,000 solos tournament, with the final field for the ProAm Charity and the championship tournaments to be revealed in January.
Tickets prices start at just $10 for kids and $54 for adults, which also gives access to the entire AO precinct, the AO Live Stage which will feature Bastille and Ziggy Alberts on Saturday and Sunday respectively. For the first time, fans will be able to get closer to their favourite gamers with on floor seating options also available.
“We’re excited to build on the success of the Fortnite Summer Smash by expanding it to a two-day event held during the finals weekend of Australian Open 2020,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“Each year we look for ways to make the Australian Open bigger and new opportunities to attract more people to our events. The Fortnite Summer Smash will again see some of the biggest gamers from around the world do battle just hours before the world’s tennis players compete for the AO title,” Tiley continued.
“Our first event was a huge success and something all of the competitors and fans enjoyed. It was great to be able to host some of the world’s biggest names in gaming and we look forward to welcoming a similar caliber of players back for the fans again in 2020,” Tennis Australia Event organizer Mark Riedy said.
“To host Australia’s biggest event in competitive gaming during one of the major sporting events in the world is pretty special and shows our continued investment in promoting Australian players to the world,” Riedy continued.
More than 1500 Fortnite gamers from around Australia had registered within 10 minutes for the chance to take part in qualifying for the 2019 Fortnite Summer Smash. One hundred contestants had taken part in the solos tournament which saw RNG_x2Twins_Jesse taking home top prize of Australian $100,000.
The event had generated 11.3 million YouTube views across dozens of videos and creators from around the world as well as more than 100,000 consecutive views across all streamed channels.