Five years on, and there's still no sign of Fortnite ever letting up on its steady flow of fluid updates and international competitions. If anything, the guys over at Epic are going all-out to assure there's a place for the beloved battle royale kingmaker twenty years from now — and it shows.
As of this moment, however, millions still flock to its central plain to thrash it out over a good old fashioned last man standing exhibition. Some players, and some teams, of course, rank much higher than others, though reaching that celebratory phase comes with a whole lot responsibility. Responsibility that, in all honesty, only a select few can carry. Just take these five seasoned pros and their teams, for example. Allow us to introduce Fornite's absolute finest.
5. FaZe Clan
Formed in 2012 as a competitive Call of Duty team, FaZe Clan swept across the Esports monopoly, claiming titles and bagging lofty prize pools all over the world over a lengthy tenure. Come 2017, and the team expanded, casting focus on Fortnite with a new collective hoisting the colors for the battle royale game.
With all games under its belt, FaZe Clan has accumulated over $10 million in prize pools. With nearly 40% of this being drawn from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the remaining 60 is syphoned out to other high rollers, including Fortnite. At present, the team has snagged $2.1 million in prize pools since branching out in 2017.
4. 100 Thieves
100 Thieves has become the talk of the Esports world as of late, purely down to the fact that its team owns up to having some of the greatest and most promising players of all time. With Fortnite being the team's go-to platform for competitive gaming, the acclaimed faction has gone on to secure multiple wins across 51 tournaments since 2017.
Having 52% of its workforce bolted to the Fortnite monopoly, 100 Thieves has been able to maintain a foothold on the board ever since its inception. Although owning up to having 200+ tournaments under their belts, Fortnite has been the primary focus for the team, and it has fortunately paid off in the long run, with over $2.2 million in winnings.
Sentinels enrolled in the scene back in 2016 as a League of Legends faction looking to acquire a foothold on the Esports ladder. As luck would have it, the team shoveled through the ranks and quickly adapted to the highest tier, becoming one of the most noteworthy collectives in the industry. Fast-forward another year, and the team eventually shifted their focus over to Fortnite.
Since the new venture opened up new waves of opportunities for the team, the Fortnite division has claimed just over $3.2 million in prizes over just 33 tournaments. This not only makes them one of the highest earning Esports teams in the world — but one of the youngest, with far less competition under its belt, despite having dominated almost every battle since its debut.
2. Cooler Esport
Breaking into the brightest of limelights is Cooler Esport, a relatively young handle with a total of 34 tournaments under its belt, as well as a whopping $3.3 million in prizes to boot. Despite being one of the biggest up and comers of last year, the team had made the fateful decision to shut its doors due to financial difficulties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the disbandment, Cooler Esport was channeling 97% of its power and skill into the Fortnite platform, using a top-shelf roster to snag some of the biggest prize pools in the game's history. At the time of writing, the team is ranked as the second best in the whole of the Fortnite community. Unfortunately, it's unclear whether or not the team will reconnect in the distant future.
Standing atop the highest peak of Esports gaming is Lazarus, complete with a weighty and most impressive wallet of $3.6 million from Fortnite earnings alone. Although the team has barely scratched the surface on the quantity of tournaments compared to rival factions, the team has managed to pull in some of the loftiest prize pools, all thanks to its seasoned contributors and team-based tactics.
Besides Fortnite, which is the team's predominant game, Lazarus is known for dipping toes in many, many other competitive waters. With a grand total of $4.9 million in the bank from multiple tournaments across heaps of PvP titles, the Canadian kingpin has established itself as a force not to be reckoned with. Some would even go as far as saying that Lazarus, with all its players and sponsors, is the greatest faction in the Esports community.
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