Who says you can’t make money playing video games? A 16-year old game player just made history at the Fortnite World Cup Finals – and there’s more where that came from.
In Flushing, New York earlier today, Bugha managed to celebrate his victory at the first ever Fortnite World Cup Finals esports event, collecting $3 million by becoming the World Champion at the event, held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The player, whose real name is Kyle Giersdorf, managed to clean house over 100 other players, competing for a grand total of $30 million in total prize money. He managed to take the top spot by scoring 59 points overall, 26 more than his second place competitor, a player by the name of Psalm.
Said Giersdorf following his victory, “Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”
The game has become a huge phenomenon since it launched its Battle Royale portion following its initial launch a couple of years ago, and is set to make $1.4 billion alone this year, up 27 percent over the previous year. That means we haven’t seen the last of the Fortnite World Cup Finals, as it’s likely to return next year. Perhaps even sooner, based upon its popularity.
Congrats to Bugha for his well earned victory. And you never know, guys. A little gaming can go a long way towards your career. Keep at it!
Fortnite is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices and PC.