AFL stars join forces with Fortnite pros for charity tournament

Missing the footy? You can still catch your favourite stars in action off the pitch, with the AFL partnering with Epic Games and some of the region’s best Fortnite players to host the $100,000 AFL Stream King tournament to help raise money for charity.

40 AFL players from across all 18 clubs will duo-up with Australia’s most recognizable names in Fortnite to fight for the Stream King crown on May 22.

Players like Mitch Robinson (Brisbane), Jack Viney (Melbourne), Jaidyn Stephenson (Collingwood), and James Sicily (Hawthorn) are taking part in the event while the AFL season is still halted.

They’ll be joined by a host of streamers and professional Fortnite players from across Australia, including Elliott “Muselk” Watkins, Harley “Fresh” Campbell, and the x2Twins Jesse and Jordan Eckley.

“We are proud to partner with global giant Epic Games to put on this charity tournament,” said Ben Sellenger, AFL Head of Commercial Growth. “Bringing together some of the biggest names in footy with the biggest names in Fortnite ⁠— we can’t wait to see who takes out the title.”

Through the AFL Gamers Network ⁠— which was launched earlier this month ⁠— fans will be able to get closer to their favourite footballers, and connect with a different side to them that would otherwise not be seen. Not only that, but it taps into the younger generation, who might have interests in both the sport and gaming.

“The strength of the AFL Gamers Network is the ability to allow our next generation of fans to interact and engage with players in what is a native environment for them,” Sellenger added. 

“It’s an enormous difference to the experience they get within our traditional game and broadcast environment.”

The first place duo on the night will take home $50,000 for their charity of choice, while the additional $50,000 will be spread between the three runners-up.

The AFL Stream King tournament will take place on Friday, May 22, kicking off at 7pm AEST. You can catch all the action on the AFL Gamers Network YouTube channel.

For the latest updates follow the AFL Gamers Network on Twitter.

ProducerJosh Swift
Andrew Amos
Andrew Amos
After joining Snowball in mid-2018, Andrew "Ducky" Amos has fast become one of our region's best esports writers. Cutting his teeth in Oceanic Overwatch, he now covers all kinds of esports for publications globally. However, his heart still lays at home, telling the story of Aussies trying to make it big.



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