Newegg’s officially sponsored esports team, CLG, walked away from the Fortnite World Cup as a rousing success. Two CLG players in attendance, Harrison “Psalm” Chang and Nick “Marksman” Overton, performed incredibly well, both finishing top-10 in their respective events and bringing home over $1.8 million in total winnings.
CLG’s psalm scores in the Solo Finals
The main event took place from July 26 to 28 in New York City and featured the finals for several different tournaments, including the celebrity Pro-Am, the Creative Finals, and, of course, the hyper-competitive Solos Finals and the Duos Finals. CLG’s Psalm made headlines by finishing in second place for the Solo tournament, bringing home $1.8 million by himself in prize money. Psalm actually won Game 4 of the six-game finals outright, playing conservatively and winning the match with only a single elimination to his name, but in the end nobody could catch the eventual champion Bugha.
Psalm discussed his performance after the event was over, speaking to Arda Ocal of ESPN Esports:
Marksman and J.T. Brown in the celebrity Pro-Am
Earlier in the action-packed weekend CLG’s Marksman competed in the Celebrity Pro-Am with NHL player and Fortnite aficionado J.T. Brown. They ended in sixth place together, earning $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Unlike some of the celebrity partners in the tournament, Brown is a dedicated Fortnite player and streamer in his own right, alongside his NHL career, and held his own as a partner alongside Marksman’s veteran skill. In confrontations with other teams, Marksman generally tried to eliminate the opposing pro, knowing that Brown would often be more skilled than his celebrity counterpart.
In an interview with ESPN Esports Marksman discussed the differences in strategies between a traditional tournament and the celebrity Pro-Am, including the need to be more aggressive seeking out weaker teams early on, in order to be outfitted for the late-game showdowns.
A new high mark for esports
This year’s Fortnite World Cup was the biggest esports event in the game’s history, with over 40 million players trying out for spots in the Solo tournament alone. Many players from other professional teams, such as FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, TSM, 100 Thieves, and more were in attendance alongside CLG. Psalm, runner-up in the Solos Finals, lost to 16-year-old prodigy Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, but defeated icons in the Fortnite community, such as Dubs, Tfue, and snow, all of whom failed to even make the top-10.
For Fortnite fans lucky enough to book a ticket to the event, attendees were gifted with the World Cup Fan Festival, which featured mini golf, ziplining, a game show, and a concert from Marshmello (who of course also competed in the celebrity Pro-Am) . This large-scale esports event set the stage and standard for future World Cups.