Giersdorf took home the largest prize in the biggest monetary event in the history of e-games - which had a total prize pool of US$30 million.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 29, 2019

Please tell your teenage children to look away. A 16-year-old has just won a record-breaking US$3 million by becoming the first world champion of Epic Games’ Fortnite.

Kyle Giersdorf, who plays the computer game Fortnite under the name Bugha, won the solo event of the competition in front of 16,000 gamers in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, which hosts the US Open tennis tournament.

The US teenager managed to hold on to first place for the six games of the competition after securing the Victory Royale in game one.

Giersdorf, who was part of Sentinels, took home the largest prize in the biggest monetary event in the history of e-games – which had a total prize pool of US$30 million.

“I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane,” Giersdorf said after lifting the Fortnite World Cup trophy.

“All I want is a new desk and maybe a desk for my trophy.”

The event is seen as a major moment in e-sports, which is estimated to be a billion-dollar industry in 2019.

Forty million players attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of online competition and the final was between 1000 gamers from more than 30 nations.

David ‘Aqua’ Wang (17), from Austria, and Norwegian Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquis Pedersen (16) took out the Duos title in the battle royale competition to share in the $US3 million winner’s cheque.

The Fortnite World Cup was streamed on Fortnite‘s official Twitch channel.

The Fortnite World Cup record prize pool is set to be eclipsed by another event called The International taking place next month.

Fortnite has 200 million registered players worldwide and is free to download, but players can spend money on in-game purchases.