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EntertainmentFortnite gives away $3 million to its first-ever solo world champion

08:05  29 july  2019
08:05  29 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The champion of the solo event and the winning duos team will each win $ 3 million , and every qualified competitor will go The Fortnite World Cup Finals will use a point-based scoring system for both singles and duos. Players will participate in six matches, earning one point for each elimination

Play, compete, and qualify for the Fortnite World Cup. This is your one stop shop for all information as the competitive season progresses, check back for updates on 40 million players competed for a chance to play in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. 100 made it, but only one will walk away as the victor.

Fortnite has wrapped its first-ever massive sporting event in New York's Arthur Ashe tennis stadium. It was anyone's game: It didn't matter how famous a player was nor what large organization was backing each member of the all-male playing field.

Fortnite gives away $3 million to its first-ever solo world champion© Epic games

Beating out other pros and famous streamers, Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf, 16, made a name for himself by dominating from the first round and ultimately taking home the $3 million grand prize for individual players. That's the largest-ever payout for a single player in an esports tournament.

After securing a victory in the first round and nine in-game kills, Giersdorf went on to rack up dozens of in-game kills each round, until he ended up with 59 points — a huge lead over the second-place winner.

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first Fortnite world champions in the duo division in New York on Saturday, winning $ 1 .5 million There are two divisions at the tournament -- solo and duo. With a total of 51 points, "Nyhrox" and Fortnite did not release any of the players' real names or ages. The game is wildly popular with

However, its record for the biggest prize pool is already set to be broken by another event called The International, taking place in August. The Fortnite finals saw 100 players battling on giant computer screens. Forty million players attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of online competition.

"Words can't really explain it. I'm so happy," Giersdorf said. "Everything I've done in the grind has all paid off and it's just insane."

He said that in the last round, after finding a safe spot to scope out enemies and collecting a lot of loot to use as ammunition, his championship win "was pretty much sealed from there." After celebrating his win, he turned around to hug his family members who had traveled from his hometown in Pennsylvania to see him play.

In second place, 24-year-old Harrison "Psalm" Chang — a former professional Heroes of the Storm player — won $1.8 million. Epikwhale took third, winning $1.2 million. He has not publicly disclosed his full name. In fourth, Nate "Kreo" Kou, 18, from Parkland, Florida, won $1.05 million.

At 24, Chang was one of the oldest competing on Sunday.

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The Fortnite World Cup Duos winners will split the $ 3 million prize earnings for the ultimate Victory Airwaks and RL Grime secured the first major bag of the weekend , winning Friday's Pro-Am and The duo that finishes in first place will split the $ 3 million winnings for the ultimate Victory Royale.

Top Fortnight players win millions in first ever World Cup championship . Hundreds of Fortnite obsessed gamers have battled it out for their share The solo winner will bank almost as much as the singles champions of this year’s US Open will pick up, highlighting the growth of professional gaming.

"It's great representing the old dudes: Experience and composure trump everything," Chang told CNN Business. "Fortnite is a young man's game though."

He said he plans to either "gamble it all or invest" his money, but hasn't decided yet.

The stadium was more packed Sunday than on previous days, when Epic games hosted a duos tournament and an amateurs vs. pros competition. More than a million viewers tuned in to watch online, according to Twitch, YouTube and Fortnite in-game stats.

Giersdorf's social media accounts, including YouTube and Twitter, have grown exponentially in followers after his win. He's signed to Sentinels, an esports organization based out of Los Angeles.

Unlike Saturday's European duo champions, Aqua and Nyhrox, who were relatively lesser known on the global stage, Giersdorf already has established a presence in the competitive Fortnite scene — but the World Cup certainly solidifies it more.

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the first Fortnite world champions in the duo division in New York on Saturday, winning $ 1 .5 million each. There are two divisions at the tournament -- solo and duo. With a total of 51 points Fortnite did not release any of the players' real names or ages. The game is wildly popular with

Media captionWATCH: Fortnite players compete for millions . The finals of the Fortnite World Cup Forty million players attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of online competition but only 100 solo With m to be awarded in total, the prize pool will be the biggest given away at an e-sports event so far

Fortnite gives away $3 million to its first-ever solo world champion© Epic Games Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf, 16, celebrates his solo win at the Fortnite World Cup. "He's such a good player, it's impossible to not know who he is," said Perri Cox, 17, who attended the Fortnite World Cup for all three days with several of her friends she met online playing the game. "I don't think casual players knew of him. But if you were following the competitive side of things, you definitely were aware of him."

In fifth place was 13-year-old Thiago Lapp — also known as "King." Lapp is the only non-American to make top five, and represents Argentina and, more broadly, the South American Fortnite region. Thirteen is the minimum age to compete in the World Cup.

Lapp made waves during Sunday's competition for playing extra aggressive, chasing down enemies at times when he didn't need to pick fights. He accumulated dozens of points from in-game kills alone, earning $900,000.

"I'm still shook. At such a young age, I can really say I'm living the dream," Lapp told CNN Business. "I want people to recognize that there are pros in South America, since we're basically not considered relevant in the esports world."

He said he played aggressively because in South America "most of the players I faced were of average skill level so it's been easy to outplay them."

Everyone who participated in the games on Sunday, including those who placed last with no points at all, takes home at least $50,000 for playing. That makes this one of the biggest tournaments in esports so far. Epic Games is promising there will be more competitive events later this year.

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Teen Fortnite champion swatted during livestream.
"Dude, they came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up," Giersdorf said. "The internet is f------ crazy." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Giersdorf said he was able to defuse the situation so quickly because one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and recognized him. Giersdorf told the other players he got lucky. It was not immediately clear who called in the swatting on Giersdorf. NBC News has reached out to Giersdorf for comment on the incident.

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