US Teen Wins $3M at Fortnite World Cup

'This is life-changing for him,' says mom of Kyle Giersdorf
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2019 1:26 AM CDT
US Teen Wins $3M at Fortnite World Cup
Kyle Giersdorf.   (YouTube)

Pennsylvania 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf plays 8 to 10 hours of Fortnite a day, but his parents aren't complaining: Giersdorf, better known as "Bugha," won a record-breaking $3 million Sunday at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, USA Today reports. The contest featured 100 participants out of around 40 million who entered the online competition. Giersdorf, who won the solo event in front of a packed stadium, says he plans to save the prize instead of going on a spending spree. "All I want is a new desk and maybe a desk for my trophy," he tells the BBC. In the duo event Saturday, teen contestants Emil Bergquist Pedersen from Sweden and David Wang from Austria shared a $3 million prize.

With a total prize pool of $40 million provided by Epic Games, Fortnite's parent company, the tournament broke an e-sports record, though that record is expected to be broken by an August event called "The International," the BBC notes. Giersdorf, the first player in the North American East Region to qualify for the tournament, was dominant in the six-game series, beating rivals including runner-up Harrison "Psalm" Chang, who took home $1.8 million. Giersdorf was hugged by his family after the win. "This is life-changing for him," mother Darcy Giersdorf says. "He's been playing video games since he was three, so this is his passion. He told us he could do this, he put his mind to it and he did it."

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