16-year-old Bugha wins Fortnite World Cup, takes home $3 million

By Olivia Richman


Jul 29, 2019

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Fortnite player Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf is $3 million richer after becoming the first Fortnite World Cup Solo champion. 

The 16-year old player who represented Sentinels beat 99 other qualifiers, including many well-known streamers and signed professionals. 

“Today was definitely the day,” Bugha tweeted immediately following the win. 

Fortnite World Cup: A life-changing victory


The Solo finals started with a concert by DJ Marshmello, who had a very popular in-game concert earlier in the year. Fans continued to cheer as the competition began.

Bugha took the first game after some aggressive play. While that immediately placed him atop the leaderboard, he wasn’t seen again until match four. 

Meanwhile, European player Clément “Skite” Danglot took game two, and popular North American player Danny “Dubs” Walsh took game three after a nail-biting one on one against Team Liquid’s River “Riversan” Handley. Harrison “Psalm” Chang, Nate “Kreo” Kou, and Theo “Crue” Ferrer took games four, five, and six. 

Though Bugha only won the one game, he was ahead by a massive 15 points and 18 eliminations thanks to aggressive plays throughout the tournament. 

Being a 16-year-old multi-millionaire may sound shocking but the average age at the event was around that mark, per the announcers. 

Yesterday’s duo finals saw 16-year old Emil Bergquist “Nyhrox” Pedersen split the $3 million first place prize with his partner David “Aqua” Wang, 17. 


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