The AFL is partnering with Impressive to host a charity Duos tournament in Fortnite. The charity occasion will be called the “AFL Stream King featuring Fortnite” and will operate on Thursday, May 21 2AM PT and Friday, May 22 7PM AEST on the AFL Gamers Network YouTube channel.

The occasion will consist of 40 professional AFL players and 40 of Australia’s finest Fortnite gamers will team up to battle it out for the ultimate crown and $50,000 AUD for the charity of the winner’s option. 2nd place will earn $30,000 AUD for their chosen charity, with 3rd making $15,000 AUD, and fourth getting $5,000 AUD for their charities. The winners will likewise be crowned as the AFL Stream King(s).

“We are proud to partner with worldwide giant Epic Games to put on this charity tournament, utilizing the strengths of both organisations, and providing what need to be a remarkable product for footy fans and players alike. Bringing together a few of the most significant names in footy with the biggest names in Fortnite – we can’t wait to see who secures the title,” stated Ben Sellenger, AFL Head of Commercial Growth.

The AFL has actually become more involved in the video gaming industry over the past couple of years, with AFL groups owning and sponsoring their own esports teams respectively. Back in 2017, the AFL ended up being interested in esports after the Adelaide Crows acquired a local League of Legends group. Following that choice, the league began buying esports teams across the country, although numerous teams have actually ceased their collaborations over the past three years. Since then, the AFL has streamed over 6,500 hours of content that has been viewed by over 75,000 fans.

“The AFL has been involved in gaming for a number of years in various methods, and the AFL Gamers Network now allows us to deliver an item which provides our players who video game a platform to join under and grow their own fan base,” said Sellenger.

Currently, Fortnite is staying a strong competitor as one of the most profitable multiplayer video games, with the game generating $1 billion from microtransactions on mobile alone. Impressive is pressing for the franchise to continue smashing records on the next generation of consoles, with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X editions of Fortnite will support cross-progression and cross-play on release.