This prior weekend, we saw Katowice mark its status as one of the greatest cities in esports, with Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II all crowning new champions and making history.
In CS:GO we saw Astralis become back-to-back Major champions, taking down ENCE in a 2-0 grand final that turned out to be the expected one-sided affair we all predicted. In StarCraft II, Eo “soO” Yoon Soo ended Joona “Serral” Sotala dominance over the title to earn himself over $100,000.
However, the Fortnite tournament – dubbed ESL Katowice Royale – is what captured the imagination for the crowd over the weekend. On Friday, competitors sat down to face off for their share of $100,000, playing in solo matches in the very epitome of what battle royale is.
With a new, improved format for calculating player’s points, the first day of ESL Katowice Royale saw TSM’s newest signing, Vinny “Vinny1x” Gilgan, take the top $20,000 prize, beating out Team Atlantis’ Max “Magin” Merrien by a mere three points. The top 10 standings were as follows: