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Sixteen top competitive Fortnite players have come together to found the Fortnite Professional Players’ Association.

The FNPPA is an independent organization, formed by players from across North America and Europe. The stated goal of the FNPPA is to provide professional Fortnite players with a unified front in conversations surrounding the game, including conversations with developer Epic Games.

The 16 founding members of the association include representatives from NRG Esports, 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan, Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, and Lazarus Esports. Also joining as founding members are Sentinels’ Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, the recent winner of the Fortnite World Cup Solo competition, and David “Aqua” Wang, half of the team that won the Duo competition playing for Cooler Esports.

The FNPPA will be extending membership invitations to more players in the coming weeks.

The formation of the FNPPA follows the establishment of the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association in June of last year. The CSPPA is focused primarily on providing legal assistance to professional players and guiding them through contract negotiations. The CSPPA has approximately 90 members.

Professional League of Legends players are eligible for membership in the North American League Championship Series Players’ Association. The NALCS Players’ Association is not an independent body, however— it is operated by League developer and publisher Riot Games.

The FNPPA has not revealed any specific courses of action or concerns it intends to address with Epic Games. In the past, professional players have expressed concern over major patches being rolled out right before competitions, and had concerns over new mechanics that upset the balance of competitive play.

Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee is a contributing editor at Escapist Magazine and managing news editor at Gaming Street.

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