Fortnite has partnered with a major organization, yet again, to bring competitive Fortnite to viewers during the lull in the official sports seasons. The NHLPA has announced a $200,000 Fortnite charity tournament, set to kick off on May 18.
This tournament will feature NHL players-only, unlike similar events like the Streamer Bowl that highlighted pro Fortnite players and athletes side-by-side.
The NHLPA has yet to announce the full roster, but have included players like Sebastian Aho, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Nieto, Thomas Chabot, Johnny Gaudreau, William Karlsson, Clayton Keller, Travis Konecny, Mitch Marner, Bryan Rust and Alex Tuch in their initial press briefing. More participants will be confirmed prior to the event.
NHL fans might not be able to watch their teams compete on the ice, but they can enjoy a healthy Fortnite competition, in the meantime.
How to watch
The NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite will be broadcasted live on Monday, May 18 from 2-5 p.m. EST. You can watch it on the official ESPN Esports Twitch channel.
Several NHL players will undoubtedly be streaming the event as well. You can take a look at their social media pages for more information on their streams.
If previous Fortnite tournaments featuring celebrities and pro athletes are any indication, this tournament will prove to have a massive discrepancy in skill. These are pro athletes, after all, and usually don’t have the time to dedicate hours to a video game.
We can expect a few teams to run through the lobby of players who are just there to have fun. There will undoubtedly be some Champion League players and pro Fortnite fans in here, along with athletes who have never heard the terms “tunneling” and “90’s.”
Tournaments like these are often the most entertaining to watch. They bring us back to the old days of competitive Fortnite before there were 40 players alive in each final circle. We’re excited to see what the NHL players have. Maybe, we can even see some league battles in the…