Team SoloMid (TSM) have announced they are creating a new team roster for competitive play in Fortnite: Battle Royale, despite there being no existing esports scene surrounding the title – yet.
Ali “Myth” Kabbani, a well-known Fortnite streamer and the highest-ranked Builder in the game’s leaderboards, has been signed on as team captain for the newly-formed outfit, which will have the rest of its roster filled out in the coming months. He is officially the first Fortnite: BR player to be signed with the North American organization.
The decision to sign Myth is based on TSM’s recognition of Fornite: BR’s rapidly-growing popularity on live-streaming service Twitch.tv, where it has grown from relatively unknown free-to-play game to one of the top 10 most streamed and watched titles on Twitch, up there with juggernauts like Dota 2, League of Legends and Overwatch.
“This is like a little boy’s dream come true,” Myth said on an official TSM blog post. “It may sound odd, but its insanely nostalgic for me. I remember not so long ago watching and falling in love with TSM as they competed in League tournaments and thinking to myself how amazing it must feel to accomplish your wildest dreams.
“Being able to represent them in Fortnite is less than just me being a part of TSM and more about me kicking ass with my favorite childhood superhero. I’m honored and ready to show people what TSM will do in Fortnite.”
The popular North American esport organization has gathered a reputation for signing players ahead of an official esport scene.
Last year, TSM signed four popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds streamers to represent them in future competitive tournaments, at the height of PUBG’s similar viewership success stories on Twitch and other live-streaming sites.
PUBG’s creators have yet to establish or sponsor an official esports tournament for their game, but several invitationals and charity events have run in the past six months, including the upcoming PUBG Invitational to be held at Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice next month.
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