Fortnite World Cup names New York stadium location

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  • Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

The Arthur Ashe Stadium, here during the 2016 US Open Men's Singles final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka. — AFP Relaxnews

Arthur Ashe Stadium, situated within the Flushing Meadows tennis park and centrepoint for the US Open in New York, will host the first World Cup Finals for popular video game Fortnite, which are to take place from July 26, with ticket registration now underway.

Pre-registration for the Fortnite World Cup Finals has begun, per an announcement from the console, computer and mobile game's Competitive Team staff.

Ticketmaster is partnering for the event and taking Ticketmaster account logins and registrations at until April 14 at 10PM ET.

The process is intended to keep automated bot programs from snapping up tickets en masse, preserving them for individual fans instead.

Those that successfully obtain tickets and attend the finals in person are to receive a season pass for the evolving game's Season 10 and an amount of Fortnite in-game currency, V-Bucks, though how much has not yet been detailed.

With a capacity of 22,547 persons, the Arthur Ashe Stadium has a two-panel retractable roof, meaning that it can be used as an outdoor or indoor arena, depending upon conditions.

Fortnite developer Epic Games is expected to livestream events from the World Cup Finals through its own website (which currently carries an embed from Microsoft's Mixer platform), through the Fortnite account on Mixer itself, and through the Fortnite account on Amazon-owned Twitch, with details on any other livestream services to follow.

A series of ten weekly online qualifying rounds for the 2019 FWC begin shortly, on the weekend of April 13-14, running until the weekend of June 15-16.

Over the course of a three-hour session, participants have up to ten matches in order to place as one of the top 3,000 players in their region on April 13.

They then return for another three-hour, maximum ten-match session on April 14, with up to eight World Cup Finals spots available, depending upon the game mode and their own global location, as well as a share in a US$1mil (RM4.11mil) cash prize pool. – AFP Relaxnews
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