Battle royale game Fortnite’s world championship, called the Fortnite World Cup, has been cancelled by Epic Games for 2020. Why? We think anyone can guess the reason correctly in COVID times. The Fortnite World Cup draws a large gathering of people and that’s the one particular thing the world doesn’t need right now. Epic has not only cancelled the physical esports competition, but also an online one. For the entire 2020, all the physical gaming events have been scrapped, plus the developer has moved all other Fortnite events online; only the online ones barring the World Cup will be allowed throughout 2020. Fortnite Competitive tweeted about the roadmap the company is going to take for esports events.

Physical Events – For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online. Due to the limitations of cr…

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The video game company has also said that “limitations of cross-region online competition” hinder this year’s Fortnite World Cup in any form.

As could be predicted, the company isn’t sure about what the future holds for the Fortnite World Cup. About the 2021 prospects for the World Cup, Fortnite Competitive, in a follow-up tweet, said, “We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events will be practical, but we’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021.”

The first Fortnite World Cup was held last year itself at Arthur Ashe stadium in New York. 16-year old Kyle Giersdorf “Bugha” was the first solo champion of Fortnite World Cup 2019, who took home $3 million as the prize money. Around 40 million players competed for a spot in the finals. The second spot was secured by Harrison Chang who took home $1.8 million. In the duo competition, David Wang and Emil Pedersen of Norway came first with a combined winning of $3 million. Now that the Fortnite World Cup is cancelled, would the International Dota 2 competition suffer the same fate?