16-year-old wins $3mn (AED11mn) playing Fornite

16-year-old wins $3mn (AED11mn) playing Fornite
Fortnite World Cup grand-prize winner Kyle Gieseldorf is also known by his online persona "Bugha."
Published: 31 July 2019 - 7:30 a.m.
By: ITP.net Staff Writer

16-year-old Kyle Gieseldorf, known by his online persona "Bugha," bagged the $3mn (AED) grand-prize at the Fortnite World Cup finals held in New York City's Arthur Ashe stadium in the US. 

Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite—a free-to-play game currently boasting 250 million users around the world—was reported to have spent $100mn on the event, which saw forty million players attempting to qualify for a 10-week long tournament, which culminated in 100 players fighting to win the grand prize amount, with a guaranteed award of $50,000.

The grand-prize of $3mn is now 5th in a list of 10 sporting events with the highest grand-prizes—compiled by The National in a report on Tuesday, the list is headlined by the Dubai Thunder Snow World Cup, which awards $7.2mn to the winner, with the England Cricket World Cup coming a not-so-close second at $4mn-a million more than Epic Games biggest prize money.

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