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