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A 16-year-old takes home first place and $3 million in first Fortnite World Cup finals

Lemme hold a $20, Bugha.

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Fortnite’s first World Cup has been an ongoing event through 2019 and over the weekend the first World Cup winner claimed their place atop the virtual podium. Their prize? A cool $3 million.

With over $30 million in prizes, the Fortnite World Cup has been an ongoing event for 10 weeks, with solo and duos competitors having to earn their place for a spot at the finals, which was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

More about the Fortnite World Cup and its 16-year-old winner

The weekend-long event ended with over 30 million in prizes given away for special events, the solo tournament, and duos tournament.

The big winner? 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. While not a household name like streamers Ninja, DrLupo, and Tfue, Bugha played consistent Fortnite throughout the event and, by the end, had double the amount of points of second-place finisher Harrison “Psalm” Chang.

Don’t feel too bad for Psalm, however, as they took home a cool $1.8 million.

Say what you will about Fortnite, its young player base, and the endless dances, but this tournament has definitely brought esports mainstream attention and should be looked at as a positive influence to the world of competitive gaming.

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