Who says playing video games is bad for you? Well, 16 year old Kyle Giersdorf won’t be getting much flack for it anymore. Known as “Bugha” to the gaming community, Giersdorf walked away with a $3 million prize on Sunday in the Fortnight World Cup solo competition, beating 99 others out of some 40 million that qualified for the event which took place in Flushing Meadows, NY.
Pottsgrove, PA native Giersdorf said “All I want, is a new desk and maybe a desk for my trophy.” His championship was “pretty much sealed” after he found a safe spot to look for enemies and earned a ton of money for ammunition. “Words can’t really explain it. I’m so happy,” he told CNN Business. “Everything I’ve done in the grind has all paid off and it’s just insane.”
More than 30 nations were represented in the tournament, sponsored by Fortnite’s parent Epic Games. It awarded $30 million to players over the weekend the oldest of which is Harrison “Psalm” Chang, one of the oldest competitors Sunday at 24, won $1.8 million. “It’s great representing the old dudes: Experience and composure trump everything,” Chang, a former professional Heroes of the Storm player, said. “Fortnite is a young man’s game, though.”
In Fortnite, the multiplayer phenomenon that has 200 million registered users competing under often inscrutable names worldwide, 100 players are dropped onto an island and must eliminate each other, seeking weapons and building structures along the way, until one is left. Competitors in the game, which is free to download, can play alone, in a four- or 20-person team, with friends or with other players they don’t know.