Jesse Eckley (RNG_X2Twins_Jesse) took home the championship in the solos tournament at the Fortnite Summer Smash at Australian Open 2019, withÂ Harley Campbell (MrFreshAsian) and singer-songwriter Jacko Brazier(JXN) crowned the Pro-Am champions in the duos tournament.
The solos event kicked off proceedings at Melbourne Park with 100 players competing for a share of the $400,000 prize pool in an action packed, six-game tournament.
Champion Jesse Eckley, who earned $100,000 in prize money, was pleased Australian players were getting the chance to be seen on the big stage.
“It’s good to finally showcase our talent, because we’ve sort of been under the radar, being in Oceania. It’s good to see we’re getting some recognition,” said.
Naro Vong (Araki) and Jadyn Lam (NotNaapr) rounded out the top three respectively, taking home $50,000 each.
Following the solos was the Pro-Am event, where 50 celebrities were paired with pro gamers, all eager to win some cash for their nominated charity.
Pro-Am champions Harley Campbell and Jacko Brazier won $25,000 each for their nominated charities water.org and Heaps Decent.
Korean pro gamers 신 우 (SinOoh) and GE_milfy (Hakjun Lee) teamed up with dohye0n (Kim Do-Hyeon) and 코아 유튜브 (Minhyung Lee) respectively to tie for second place. Their nominated charities Ajou University Hospital Major Trauma Center, Childfund Korea, Miral Welfare and Make-a-wish Foundation of Korea each collecting $10,000 as a result.
RNG_x2 Twins_Jordan (Jordan Eckley) and AFL footballer Jack Viney won a combined $10,000 for their charities the Heart Foundation and the Victorian Homeless Fund respectively.
Chinese Pro gamer Newbee_XXM_CN (Li Ming) and teammate Petrify (Mark Fittipaldi) finished in fourth place.
“The Fortnite Summer Smash at the Australian Open has been an incredible event. The response from all of the competitors and fans both in stadium and around the world has been overwhelmingly positive and we can’t wait to do it again soon,” event organiser Mark Riedy said.