Fortnite is a “Battle Royale” game, meaning players drop in to a location and fight each other to be the last one standing. In a typical game of Fortnite 100 players drop into an island, find weapons and other materials, then build up and battle until one person is left and is crowned the winner. It is a third-person shooter game that combines an element of building structures for players to defend themselves and more quickly cross terrain. Fortnite can be played solo or with squads of 2 thru 4.
Fortnite is totally free to play and there is no competitive advantage to spending money on the game.
Like many popular games today, a lot of the people making a living off of Fortnite are just popular streamers. They make money off of subscriptions, donations, and ad revenue.
Most professional Fortnite tournaments have teams of two fighting in a 100 person (50 team) battle royale. Epic games have helped fund various tournaments with some large prize pools. Their total prize pool for 2018 was $100 million over many tournaments.
So far all college Fortnite tournaments have had a format similar to the professional scene. Teams are made up of 2 people. Many tournaments allow each school to field more than just one team. For example there could be an OSU 1, OSU 2, OSU 3, or something OSU Buckeye, OSU Scarlet, OSU Grey, all competing in the same tournament. In 2018/19 CSL held a year long season with a $42,000 prize pool. AVGL has held a few day long tournaments with a prize pool of $150.
Quick Summary for Varsity Gaming-
Most comparable game- Apex Legends, PUBG
Number of players per competitive team- 2
Cost to buy game- Free
Costs to be on level playing field- Free
Systems- Xbox, PS4, PC, Mobile
PC Requirements- Medium