Epic really struck gold with Fortnite, the game has broken gaming boundaries, making its way onto the news and family shows, but now the folks at the Australian Open are getting in on the action, but now in how you might think.
The Australian Open Fortnite ProAm is happening this Sunday January 27th and 50 duos, made up of celebrities, from the sport and entertainment worlds, will face off against some of the best Fortnite players around, to claim top prize and donate money to charity.
Local players Lachlan, Lazarbeam, Muselk, MrFreshAsian, all of whom are from New South Wales and Loserfruit from Victoria will battle it out against some international players, who are flying down for the event.
From the USA look for DrLupo, AlexAce and Valkyrae, from their northern cousin in Canada it is MrWoofless and from the UK, Vikkstar is here to represent. Travelling around the world for anything is always fun, but to play a game, on a world stage and for charity is just icing on, an already amazing cake. The folks coming had these things to say about it:
"I am pretty excited to attend this event. I am looking forward to meeting all my fans from Australia!" said DrLupo, an American Twitch broadcaster.
"This is my first time visiting Australia and I can't believe I'm here attending the Australia Open while also playing Fortnite with so many incredible people,” said American gaming personality Valkyrae
“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Fortnite Summer Smash at the Australian Open in Melbourne. It’s gonna be great to hang out with and compete against so many great players and people!” said British gamer Vikkstar.
“It's super exciting that an event like the Australian Open is also able to host the Fortnite Summer Smash. There are some amazing players coming out of Australia and it will be awesome to see that on one stage in Melbourne next weekend,” Muselk said.
Event organiser Mark Riedy said, “The popularity of competitive gaming continues to grow in Australia and having talent like DrLupo, Valkyrae, Vikkstar and Muselk all teaming up with some of the biggest celebs from sport and entertainment for the Pro-Am at the Fortnite Summer Smash is awesome for Aussies fans.”