What the world’s top 5 leading media say about Fornite Grand Finals, and then there’s the sixth!

29 07 2019

Here’s a compilation of the world’s top 5 media companies and what they said after the recent Fortnite Grand Finals buzz. We also feature one article from a year ago, giving a totally different perspective.

1. Wired UK

The unbelievable scale of Fortnite’s $30 million World Cup

With a prize pot of $30 million, and 40 million people attempting to qualify for the finals, could this weekend’s Fortnite World Cup be e-sports’ defining moment.

Source: WIRED / Getty Images / Steven Ryan / Stringer

Earlier this month the world’s best national football teams competed in the Women’s World Cup in France for a total prize pool of $30m (£24m). The United States came out on top, bagging $4 million (£3.2m) for besting their competitors.

This weekend, another sports competition with a $30m prize pot takes place at Flushing Meadows, the home of the US Open tennis tournament. The victor will take home $3m (£2.4m), almost as much as the winners of the Women’s World Cup. Given the competition is being held at the home of a tennis grand slam tournament, it’s fitting that the winner will bag more than this year’s Wimbledon champions did. The sport that can attract such big prizes? Fortnite. Read article.

2. Forbes

The ‘Fortnite’ World Cup Is A Mix Of Celebrity And Obscurity, With Tfue As The Exception

The Fortnite World Cup will crown its grand solos winner later today, the result of months of qualifiers and hard work from the players, but if there’s one thing I’ve seen this weekend, it’s that there is a growing divide between Fortnite Twitch superstars and Fortnite esports superstars.

When you think of the guys making big bucks playing Fortnite, you think of Ninja, Dr.Lupo, Courage, Myth, NickMercs, TimtheTatman. And yet none of these guys are playing today. Most tried to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, either in solos or duos, but all of them didn’t make the cut, and instead are showing up in the Celebrity Pro-Am, something Epic threw to make sure these guys got featured in some capacity, or they’re serving as casters (I believe Lupo and Courage will cast the solo finals today). Read more.


3. CNN Business

All the questions about ‘Fortnite’ you were too embarrassed to ask

Atlanta (CNN Business)“Fortnite” is big business and an unlikely cultural phenomenon that is sweeping the globe.

The multiplayer video game, about an impending ecological crisis threatening the survival of humanity, is about to have its Super Bowl.

The Fortnite World Cup finals will take place at Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in Queens, New York this weekend. Players from all over the world have flown to the Big Apple and will compete over a $30 million prize pool.
If you’re not among the millions of people playing “Fortnite” and are feeling left behind, we break down everything you need to know.

Let’s start with the basics. What the heck is this game?

Fortnite” is essentially a crossover between “The Hunger Games” (a post-apocalypse battle) and “Minecraft” (a creative sandbox where players can build anything they like). You can play it on Xbox, PlayStation, Windows and Mac platforms.
There are two versions: “Fortnite: Save the World,” which has players banding together to fight off zombie-like monsters who drop from storm clouds, and its free (and more popular) spinoff, “Fortnite Battle Royale,” which pits up to 100 players against each other in a frenzied fight for survival. Last one standing wins.

Read more.


4. BBC

Fortnite: UK player finishes second in e-sports World Cup

Jaden Ashman, 15, from Essex, placed second in the Fortnite World Cup finals alongside his Dutch teammate.

A British teenager has won nearly a million pounds after coming second alongside his teammate in the Fortnite World Cup finals.

Jaden Ashman, from Essex will split $2.25m (£1.8m) with his Dutch partner.

The 15-year-old, competing under the name Wolfiez, told the BBC he was “stunned” to have finished so high.

Popular online shooter game Fortnite has 250 million users worldwide, and the event’s prize pool of $30m is the biggest ever at an esports event.

Jaden and his team-mate Dave Jong (Rojo) came second in the duos event. Read more.

Jaden and his mother have sometimes argued over his gaming hobby.


5. Sydney Morning Herald

Despite slow Wi-Fi and isolation, Australian Fortnite team in world’s top 20

Unknown Australian teenagers and inaugural Fortnite World Cup duo competitors Kalan “Serpennt” Jarvis and Jason “Hype” Chui are underdogs in every sense of the word. That hasn’t stopped them defying expectations.

Jason "Hype" Chui

Kalan "Serpennt" Jarvis


Kalan “Serpennt” Jarvis CREDIT:EPIC GAMES

Early Sunday morning, Hobart teen Jarvis, 17, and Parramatta local Chui, 19, battled the world’s best and most popular Fortnite players at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York in the Fortnite World Cup duos event, winning $72,000 prize money each.

Incredibly, and despite all their disadvantages, the duo placed 18th out of 50 teams in front of thousands of fans at the stadium and millions more watching at home. At the halfway point they were ranked fourth. Read more.

With all of these leading media reporting about the hype, the prize money, the amazing graphics, the epic game play driving even more kids around the world to dream about being eSports athlete hopefuls, here’s one headline that sheds another side to the hype. A sad truth.


6. South China Morning Post


Fornite Battle Royale addiction is forcing kids into video-game rehab

The popular game with 200 million downloads has also caused marriage breakdowns and got professional athletes hooked

Fortnite is particularly compelling because the battle-royale version is free to play and available on a range of devices from phones to gaming consoles. Photo: AP

Fortnite is particularly compelling because the battle-royale version is free to play and available on a range of devices from phones to gaming consoles. Photo: AP


Debbie Vitany is fighting a losing battle against Fortnite.


Her 17-year-old son, Carson, has been logging 12 hours a day on the video game, searching for weapons and resources in a post-apocalyptic world where the goal is being the last person standing. Teachers complain he falls asleep in class and his grades have plummeted.

“We’d made some progress in getting him to cut down his Fortnite hours and get better sleep, but he’s slipped back into his old habits,” Vitany, who lives near Saginaw, Michigan, said in an interview. “I’ve never seen a game that has such control over kids’ minds.” Read more.


Malaysian student joins world’s top 32 FIFA players at eSports World Convention Paris

26 11 2016

Press release

26 November 2016, Kuala Lumpur – The Electronic Sports World Convention(ESWC) (formerly known as Electronic Sports World Cup) is an international professional gaming championship held at the Paris Games Week. Every year, winners of national qualifier events around the world earn the right to represent their country in the ESWC Finals. The event has been praised for its organisation and ability to put on a good show for spectators.


Malaysia will once again be represented by a single FIFA player at the Paris Games Week 2016. Supported by GamesBond, eGG Network, RedBullMalaysia and GoInternationalGroup.com, “I would like to represent Malaysia in ESWC because it’s great platform for me to show to the world how much potential that Malaysia FIFA Player has, plus I will not represent only myself but all FIFA Players in Malaysia. Lastly I will give my best to bring the championship to Malaysia for the first time,” said Nur Amirul Afandi or better known as AmTuah….

ESWC rebranded to eSports World Convention

2 03 2016


For the past 13 years, the ESWC (www.eswc.com) stood for the Electronic Sports World Cup – though many call it the Olympics of pro-gaming. Its new brand positioning includes an expansion into a broader scope of eSports content and in line with global market interest.

For several years now, ESWC events have actually been electronic sports conventions, bringing champions and fans together for tournaments and on-stage matches, as well as for special operations, game and technology presentations, conferences and parties“, stated Matthieu Dallon, the creator of the ESWC and Oxent CEO. “Presenting the ESWC as a Convention will now enable Oxent to work more closely with game publishers’ World Cups and Championships. In this way we also expect to increase the number of international events licenced under the ESWC brand, as we are more likely able to meet local criteria in terms of choice of games, tournament scheduling and format, brand sponsorship, and so on.

Source: ESWC Global

Malaysian Fifa11 player achieves Top 8 at ESWC Paris

24 10 2011

Quarter Finals Results Tally

17.29 MYT: Malaysia’s Muhammad Zainun [MyFeS] leOmeS has emerged in the top 2 spots in Group 5, victoriously sitting side by side in equal points with Spaniard Ralfitita. This means that Malaysia has advanced into the Top 16 spot, and has a chance of clinching a great spot in this year’s Electronic Sports World Cup 2011 Grand Finals held inside Paris Games Week.

18.45MYT: In latest news, [MyFeS] leOmeS was defeated by Frenchman, k0entj92 at the Quarter Finals stage. That means that our Malaysian Fifa11 player’s achievement up to Top 8 at this year’s tourney. We wish him and team mate [MyFeS] WaRrIoR a safe journey home.

For results updates, click here: http://live.eswc.com/fr/tournament/2011-fifa-11/groupstage.

Last year’s ESWC Fifa10 Champion, Mohd Syahril bin Mispardi [MyFeS] WaRrIoR (left) pictured with this year’s Fifa11 Champion Muhammad Zainun [MyFeS] leOmeS made a mark in Paris this year for the Malaysians.

ESWC @ Paris Games Week – Updates

22 10 2011

Over 150,000 games enthusiasts are expected to flock to Hall 3 at Porte de Versailles for the Paris Games Week and the 7th ESWC this week. Team Fifa11 Malaysia sponsored by Go International Group and Cyberview comprise of Muhammad Zainun [MyFeS] leOmeS and Mohd Syahril [MyFeS] WaRrIoR join the masses in pursuing their e-sports dream. Meanwhile, Team DOTA Malaysia sponsored by Orange Internet join the fray. Will the boys stand a good chance in bringing home a medal this year?

Follow the games LIVE, by clicking on this link: http://www.eswc.com/en/2011/streaming

Team Malaysia departs for ESWC @ Paris Games Week!

22 10 2011

Team Malaysia departed for Paris on 21 October 2011, at 1.07am. The two ESWC 2011 Malaysia FIFA11 Champion Muhammad “[MyFeS] leOmeS” bin Zainun and 1st Runner-up Mohd Syahril “[MyFeS] WaRrIoR” bin Mispardi were in high spirits at the airport, and were sent off by their family, friends and Ms Jasmine Low – National Director of ESWC 2011 Malaysia. We wish them all the very best of sportsmanship at the 7th ESWC in France! Go fly the Malaysian flag high, guys!

ESWC 2011 & Paris Games Week

11 10 2011


This October 20-25th, Hall 3 at Paris Expo, France will host a world-class video games show over a span of 22000m² where 150,000 visitors are expected, and more than 1 000 gaming devices open to public for play. Read more on the ESWC Official website.

The Official ESWC 2011 Team Malaysia will be represented by:

  1. FIFA11 2011 Malaysian Champion – Muhammad Zainun a.k.a. [MyFeS] leOmeS
  2. FIFA11 2011 Malaysian 1st Runner-up / FIFA10 2010 Malaysian Champion – Mohd Syahril bin Mispardi a.k.a. [MyFeS] WaRrIoR

Privately funded DOTA2 Team, Orange Internet will also be headed to the competition zone, proudly sponsored by Orange Internet cohort. We wish all teams the very best of luck!

ESWC 2011 Programme @ Paris Games Week

Venue: Hall 3, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, France

Wednesday, October 19
Welcome of the international participants

Thursday, October 20
Media day of the PGW,  reserved to journalists, participants and partners
19h30 : Opening Ceremony
20h00 : Opening Match

Friday, October 21
Launch of Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike 1.6 Women, Trackmania Nations Forever

Saturday, October 22
Launch of Counter-Strike 1.6
Finals Trackmania Nations Forever

Sunday, October 23
Launch of FIFA 11, Dota2
Finals Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike 1.6 Filles
ESWC Night Party 

Monday, October 24
Launch of Counter-Strike Source
Finals Counter-Strike 1.6, FIFA 11

Tuesday, October 25
Finals Counter-Strike Source, Dota2, Gran Turismo 5