A 16-year-old American teenager named Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday, He became the winner of a tournament in New York for the popular online video game Fortnite.
Giersdorf belongs to Pennsylvania. He was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money. The fast-growing popularity of the video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport.
He was playing under the name “Bugha” the boy won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points. The first runner up was “psalm” who scored 33, as per the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, posted on the game’s website.
Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, posted by organizers on Twitter, “Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy.”
“Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.” Last year, Fortnite, which was launched in 2017, helped Epic Games to achieve a $ 15 billion. It competes with other games like Electronic Arts Inc’s Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
According to a report released this year, global revenues from professional video game competitions will reach $ 1.1 billion in 2019 which is 27% up since last year. The increasing revenues from advertising, sponsorship, and media rights are mainly responsible for the development.