The 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals took place between the 26th and 28th of July and saw hundreds of competitive Fortnite players descending on the historical Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York to battle it out in the inaugural Fortnite World Cup Finals. The event featured one of the largest prize pools in Esports history, a staggering $30 million USD.
Last night saw US teen Fortnite sensation Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf won a whopping $3 million USD after beating 99 other players to finish no.1 in the singles event at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals. The 16 year-old shone in the brightly coloured Battle Royal game, running, building and fighting his way to glory. In the duos event, the winners were Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Pedersen and David ‘aqua’ W who also won $3 million for their no.1 place finish in the team event.
The competition for the event began months ago with numerous rounds of qualifiers and weekly online play-ins. An unbelievable 40 million people tried to qualify for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup finals, the first event of its kind. The 100 successful players to have qualified represented a total of 30 different countries ages ranging from 14 – 24. The competition format was made up of six rounds of last-man standing battles, players receiving points for eliminating other players or for staying alive for extended periods of time.
Bugha, a pro player from Esports team The Sentinels (who also take part in Hearthstone and Apex Legends tournaments), was in the lead from the very first round after racking up an impressive 9 eliminations and outlasting all other players. Though his form levelled out throughout the later stages of the competition, ultimately it was his consistency that saw him pull through and hold on to his lead, earning him the top spot, the reputation of best Fortnite player in the world, and the life-changing $3 million top prize!
Counter Logic Gaming player Harrison ‘psalm’ Chang finished 2nd place earning a consolation prize of $1.8m, NRG Esports’ Shane ‘EpikWhale’ finishing 3rd at only 15 years old, receiving $1.2m. The Duo event saw combos from Lazarus Esports ‘Wolfiez’ and ‘Rojo’ finishing 2nd place and receiving $2.25m respectively, with 100 Thieves combo ‘Ciece’ and ‘Elevate’ scoring a prize of $1.8m.
Bugha was asked how he felt after finishing no.1 at the Fortnite World Cup finals and stated the following: “I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off”. This finished off the inaugural Fortnite World Cup finals, and Fortnite fans have reason to look forward to next year.
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