Pennsylvania teen, Kyle Giersdorf has won a $3million prize after winning a First-Ever Fortnite World cup In New York on Sunday – the final day of the three days event. Being a popular online video game – Giersdorf, aged 16, was one of the 100 players competing for the $30million total prize money.
As the thriving popularity of the online game has pulled top dollar investments and powered emerging professional sport, Giersdorf who played under the name Bugha,’ won the solo final portion of the Fortnite World Cup after scoring 59 points, 26 beyond the score than his closest opponents, ‘Psalm.’
Disclosed via the Fortnite World Cup Leadborad on the game’s website, Giersdorf said in an interview: “Words can’t describe it. I’m just so excited.”
While the game had been launched in 2017, Giersdorf added: “Everything I have done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just so insane.’
Fortnite popularity has however assisted Epic Games reached a $15billion estimate in 2018. It has competed with other games like Tencent Holdings Ltd’s Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds and Electronic Arts Inc’s Apex Legends. Nevertheless, Tencent owns about 40% stake in the Epic Games.
In addition, revenues from esports alongside with professional video game competitions will be hitting $1.1 billion by 2019, up 27% since 2018 – all thanks to the surging revenue from sponsorship, media rights, and advertisement, a report had revealed.
In total, the worldwide video and electronic games market, without revenues from esports will generate $1521.1 billion in 2019, a 9.6% increase from 2018 – a report by Newzoo, a gaming analytics stated.
A 15-Year Old British Teen From Essex and his Dutch Partner on Saturday won over $1milliion for the duos section. Partner Dave Jong and Jaden Ashman from Essex will split $2.25million as well.
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