MELBOURNE, December 26, 2019 (AO Press Release)

Australia’s largest competitive gaming event, the Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open will return to Melbourne Park from 1-2 February 2020. 

The Fortnite Summer Smash will expand to a two-day event at Australian Open 2020. Taking place during finals weekend the event will feature a $100,000 Charity ProAm on the Saturday followed by the $400,000 solos championship tournament on the Sunday. 

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 $100,000 in front of a packed crowd at Margaret Court Arena. 

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.

“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 organiser 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. 

2019 Fortnite Summer Smash fast facts:

·       More than 1500 Fortnite gamers from around Australia registered within 10 minutes for the chance to take part in qualifying for the 2019 Fortnite Summer Smash

·       Five hundred people took part in qualifying with the top 20 from each heat earning a place in the finals

·       One hundred contestants took part in the solos tournament which saw RNG_x2Twins_Jesse taking home top prize of $100,000

·       Fifty pro Fortnite gamers and 50 celebrities from Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, Korea and the United States took part in the Pro-Am charity event

·       The event 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.

*All prize money amounts are in Australian dollars.

Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open tickets available now from Ticketmaster.