WATERTOWN — Last month more than two million viewers tuned in to the first ever Fortnite World Cup, an e-sports event that attracted players from around the world, including teenage resident Cody Conrod. Fortnite has taken the world by storm, as its popular Battle Royale game mode grows and gains players.
Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode is a free-to-play game that is available on Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, computer and smart phone.
The game begins with 100 players who parachute onto an island and gather resources and weapons to face off and eliminate each other.
Players have the tools to build forts, special abilities and are able to gather equipment and vehicles to assist them throughout the game. During the match the playing area gets geographically smaller, forcing players closer together.
The last player standing is declared the winner of the match.
More than 200 million people have registered to play the game in the last two years, and some of those players have been able to make a career of it, Cody Conrod included.
Cody, whose online username is “Clix,” has a following of more than 300,000 viewers who subscribe to watch him play Fortnite.
He says on average he has about 10,000 people watching him play the game every day.
“It’s a life changing experience,” he said. He said that he has seen an increase of viewers after competing in the World Cup.
Cody initially got into playing into Fortnite last year, when his older brother introduced him to the game, and he became hooked when he realized that he was good at the game.
Cody’s father, Scott Conrod, became interested in his son’s hobby and decided to support it.
“I enjoy watching him play,” he said.
Cody got better as time went by and he started to attract thousands of followers who would tune in and watch him play and win matches.
Epic Games, the creators behind Fortnite, opened up the Fortnite World Cup to its millions of online players in April.
For 10 weeks, players could sign up for an online tournament to have the chance to be in the World Cup.
Whoever had the most points at the end of each week qualified for the World Cup.
Players earned points by scoring high in Fortnite matches. Players were given 10 points for winning a match, six points for being in the top five and three points for being in the top 15 for each match. Players received an additional point each time they eliminated a player.
Cody entered the online tournament and after a week of playing was able to secure a spot in the World Cup. He trained and perfected his skills for the tournament.
The Fortnite World Cup was a three-day event which took place from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y.
The Cup was broken down into several events throughout the weekend. Cody qualified to compete on Saturday and Sunday.
Cody played a game of Duos on Saturday. He and his teammate were dropped onto the island and pitted against 49 other teams. Cody and his teammate worked to eliminate the other teams from the island and be the last team left alive.
After six games of Duos, Cody and his partner placed 35 out of 50.
The main event of 100 players competing against each other to determine the winner took place on the final day of the Fortnite World Cup.
There were six matches. Whichever player had the most points at the end of the matches would be named the winner.
Players received points for how long they endured each match. The sole surviving player received 10 points, the top five players of each match received six points and the top 15 players of each match received three points.
Each player earned one point whenever they eliminated another player.
Cody faced 99 of the world’s best Fortnite players, some from Europe and Asia.
Each player was seated at a computer station and the competition began. Cody faced off against the other players, trying to survive the 100-player brawl.
In the end he was able to score 20 points and placed 18th out of the 100 players.
By the end of the weekend Cody had won more than $150,000 from competing in both days of competition.
“It’s unbelievable that I came this far,” he said. He added that it was amazing to meet some of the other players and interact with friends he met online.
“I’m always motivated to be better,” said Cody. He plans to continue playing Fortnite and grow his career as a professional gamer.
Cody is currently a part of Misfits Gaming, an e-sports organization that sponsors gamers, and has several sponsors.
The whole experience impressed Mr. Conrod, who attended the World Cup with his son.
“It’s opened a lot of doors,” he said. He plans to support his son with the venture.
Cody and his father plan to travel to several gaming related events in the coming months.
While there are currently many competitive games to play, Cody feels familiar with Fortnite and hopes to get better at the game and at entertaining his viewers.