A US teenager Kyle Giersdorf has become Fortnite’s first-ever Solo World Champion, taking home the grand prize of $3 million on Sunday.
16-year-old Giersdorf from Pennsylvania was playing under the name “Bugha” and scored 59 points to win the solo finals position of the Fortnite World Cup, tweeted Fortnite, a popular online video game.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 28, 2019
The three-day video game tournament held at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens in New York and at least 100 players were competing for their share of $30 million prize pool.
In an interview at the event posted by the organizers on Twitter, Giersdorf said, “Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”
— Fortnite Competitive (@FNCompetitive) July 28, 2019
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) July 28, 2019
Fortnite was launched in 2017 – last year, its popularity has helped Epic Games reach a valuation of $15-billion.
According to report released this year, global revenues from professional video game competitions or esports will strike $1.1 billion in 2019, 27% increase since 2018 and all thanks to inflating revenues from sponsorship, media rights and advertising.