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Twitch Streamer Bugha wins $3m at Fortnite World Cup

On Sunday, 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf took home 3 million dollars from the Fortnite World Cup. Not only did he get to take home that money, but he also is officially the first-ever Fortnite World Cup Solos champion. 

eSports is competitive video game playing, typically amongst professionals. Some of the games played are Call of Duty, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., Madden NFL and many more.

Even major companies, such as Red Bull, are stepping into the exploding world of eSports by hosting various tournaments and sponsoring eAthletes, such as Ninja

eSports has seen a shocking rise in the past few years. In 2016, there were roughly 162 million frequent watchers and that number was expected to rise to 303 million by 2020, says NASDAQ

The American player was the first one to qualify for the World Cup Finals, where he dominated in every aspect of the game. 

While it may seem foreign to some is a lifestyle to many. Leading up to the match, Bugha would play around 10 hours of Fortnite a day. Bugha’s Mother only realized the potential her son had, regarding video games, when he qualified for the Finals, she told ESPN

As Bugha’s Mother learned, there’s potential for major money – no one in the top ten went home empty-handed; 

FORTNITE WORLD CUP SOLOS CHAMPIONS

PLAYER ELIMINATIONS POINTS MONEY WON
Bugha 23 59 $3 million
Psalm 5 33 $1.8 million
EpikWhale 14 33 $1.2 million
Kreo 8 30 $1.05 million
KING 21 30 $900k
Crue 12 27 $600k
Skite 4 26 $525k
Nayte 11 26 $375k
Riversan 9 24 $300k
Fatch 7 24 $225k

eSports is the future of competition. Who said to be a millionaire athlete you had to be athletic?!

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