US Teen Wins $3 Million at Video Game Tournament Fortnite World Cup
Published August 14th, 2019

Who said there's no money to be made from playing video games?! eSports has officially reached a new level.

Teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million in New York after taking home the trophy in a tournament for Fortnite.

Geirsdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of over 100 players competing for $30 million 💰 in total prize money!

Global revenues from esports, or professional video game competitions, will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent since last year, thanks to big bang rolls from advertising, sponsorship and media rights, according to a report released earlier this year. 

Playing under the name “Bugha,” Giersdorf won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his nearest competitor “psalm” 

Launched in 2017, Fortnite’s popularity has lead the way for Epic Games to reach a $15-billion-valuation in 2018. It competes with other games like Electronic Arts Inc’s Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Tencent also owns a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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