A year ago Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf lifted the Fortnite World Cup trophy in front of thousands of fans and millions watching at home. The spectacle of the event, which was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York brought in attention from all corners of the world including a lot of viewers who had no idea what esports was. Despite this the response was largely positive. The tournament was a success, had great narratives, and showed the world what Fortnite was capable of as an esport.
Now a year on, and in the midst of a pandemic that resulted in the postponement of the 2020 Fortnite World Cup, the esports scene for Fortnite looks very different to the one we saw a year ago. Some of that is down to the pandemic, but it can also be attributed to the new style of competition Epic Games has decided to focus on, which encourages more participation at the expense of a simple spectator experience.
In the past twelve months, there have only been a