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Parents across the globe will probably think twice before they tell their teenage sons and daughters to get off of Fortnite.
In its first-ever massive sporting event, The Fortnite World Cup Finals, which was held in New York’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, a 16-year old from Pennsylvania, walked away with $3 million.
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Giersdorf is already known in the competitive Fortnite circle, but this win solidifies his prowess with the game. He beat out Fortnite professionals and famous video game streamers to walk away with the grand prize for individual players. According to reports, it amounts to the largest payout for a single player ever for a eSports contest. The young player finished the final round with 59 points, a wide margin over the runner up.
The second-place winner was Harrison “Psalm” Chang a 24-year old who earned $1.8 million in millions. Third place went to Shane “Epikwhale” Cotton, a 16-year-old who won $1.2 million. Rounding out the top four was Nate “Kreo”Kou, an 18-year-old who won $1.05 million.
"Words can't really explain it. I'm so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview on Twitter. "Everything I've done in the grind has all paid off and it's just insane." Meanwhile, Chang, among the oldest competing in the match said it was great to represent the “old dudes” in the contest but called Fortnite a “young man’s game.”
Epic Games Paid Out $30 Million in Winnings
The first-ever Fortnite tournament drew a lot of viewers with about two million people watching it on Twitch. The grand prize winner is signed to Sentinels, which is an eSports group located in Los Angeles. His fame now expands to parents as well as eSports followers. After all, with winnings like that, it’s hard for parents to yell about all the time spent in a virtual world hunting competitors.
All of the participants of the tournament, even those who had zero in the way of points, walked away with a minimum of $50,000. The players who made it to the final championship had gone through a ten-week qualifying process that included competing against millions of players. All told, Epic Games gave away $30 million during the tournament to about 100 competitors.
Fortnite came out in 2017 and has gone on to become one of the most popular video games ever, with Epic boasting a user base of about 250 million.