Last year, we wrote about how Fortnite was one of the most popular games of 2018. If you don’t know what Fortnite is, It’s a survival game that throws 100 players onto an island and the last one standing is the winner. However, unlike some other video games, Fortnite doesn’t use bots. Every player in the game has a real person playing behind it. Awesome, we know!
Since its release in 2017, Fortnite has only become more popular. It’s gotten so popular that Epic Games, the company that makes Fortnite, hosted its first-ever Fortnite World Cup. Forty million players from around the world played a 10-week tournament for a chance to play in the 3-day finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City this week.
What was at stake in this first-ever Fortnite World Cup? Thirty million dollars in prize money, with the first place winners of each of the four entry categories receiving $3 million each. (In comparison, the winners of the US Open tennis tournament that’s happening later this month in the same stadium will be receiving approximately the same amount of prize money.)
But enough money talk—who won, you might be wondering? The winner was Kyle Giersdorf, whose screen name is Bugha, became the first Fortnite World Cup champion.
Why is Bugha’s win such a big deal? It’s a big deal because it’s the first Fortnite World Cup, Giersdorf is only sixteen years old, and an incredible amount of people from around the world watched the 3-day finals. In fact, 19,000 people watched the finals in the stadium and over 2.3 million people watched online during peak times. That’s proof that e-sports is quite popular if you ask us! Large sporting events seem to agree. The International Olympic Committee is considering e-sports as a new sport for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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