theScore esports Daily (June 13): ZeRo wins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational, Epic Games announce competitive format for 2018-2019 and Ninja and Marshmello win Fortnite Pro-Am

by theScore Staff Jun 13
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ZeRo wins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational

Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios won the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational at E3 yesterday afternoon, the first competitive showcase of the new game.

The event featured star players from both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for the WiiU, with faces like Joseph "Mang0" Marquez, Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman and Rafael "MkLeo" Valiente competing.

MkLeo managed to reset the bracket in the final but was unable to defeat ZeRo in the end.

ZeRo has now won the Invitational for both ultimate and Smash 4.

Epic Games announces competitive format for 2018-2019 Fortnite season

Epic Games has provided a bit more information on how the 2018-2019 season will be run.

In a video, aired during the Fornite Pro-Am, they explained that they will be "...supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win."

The biggest competition of the year will likely be Epic's Fortnite World Cup, which will focus on Solos and Duos but they also mentioned that there will be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.

Although they said that the $100 million prize pool will be "...split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe," it is not yet clear how many events there will be.

Qualifications for the Fornite World Cup will be based on merit and Epic said that they will not be selling spots to teams or franchises, and they won't allow any third-party leagues to do so either.

Rules, player code of conduct, specifics about platforms and a Fall 2018 schedule are said to be on their way.

Ninja and Marshmello win Fortnite Pro-Am

Popular Fortnite streamer, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and music producer Christopher "Marshmello" Comstock won the Fortnite Pro-Am tournament yesterday in Los Angeles, California.

The charity event featured 50 content creators, each matched up with a celebrity from the entertainment or sports industry, with the teams battling it out for a $3 million prize pool.

With their win, Ninja raised $500,000 for the Alzheimer's Association while it is unknown which charity Marshmello donated his portion to.

Teams who placed 2nd-10th place in the event also raised raised a large amount, ranging from $30,000 up to $500,000. Teams who placed between 11th-50th raised $20,000 for the charities of their choice.

Niall McCrossan is an intern for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.