16-Year-Old Kid Pockets $3 Million for Playing Video Game, Becomes Fortnite World Champion

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf captured the Fortnite World Cup Solos title this past weekend, but that’s not the impressive part. He also took home $3 million for being the last man standing in the 100-person Fortnite finals.

Fortnite Champion

Grinding to Fortnite Victory

Just looking at the elation on Giersdorf’s face as he hoisted the trophy shows how much this victory meant to him. “Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy,” he said during an interview.

He continues, “Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.” The tournament saw 40 million players compete over 10 weekends to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Esports Popularity Continues to Soar

Kyle and the other top 100 players aren’t the only ones that get large payouts to play video games. The Esports industry alone is estimated to earn $1.1 billion in global revenue. This is an increase of 27% over 2018 and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.