$3 million for teen Fortnite whiz kid
The 16-year-old takes chunk of a $30-million Fortnite World Cup prize pool
The Fortnite World Cup has drawn to a close. It ended yesterday after only one player was left standing on the eSports competition, having outlasted 99 other contenders. Up for grabs was a piece of a prize pool worth $30 million, and the winner was able to collect $3 million of that. By the time the tournament was over, that individual was a 16-year-old kind out of Pennsylvania.
Kyle Giersdorf is now one of Pennsylvania’s youngest millionaires, other than those who are waiting to collect trust funds. Giersdorf took down the solo finals portion of the tournament after earning 59 points – 26 more than his closest competitor – and is most likely still reeling from the win. He said in an interview after the competition, “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.”
The Fortnite World Cup took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. While the stadium may be most well-known for its tennis competitions, eSports tournaments are quickly catching and more events could be held at the venue. Fortnite, which has led Epic Games to a valuation of $15 billion, will almost certainly be at the front.
Only 100 players ultimately made it to the finals, despite more than 40 million having made an attempt. Ten weeks of qualifying tournaments were held leading up to the competition, with players from over 30 countries finally being among the finalists to pay a visit to New York.
The $30-million prize pool is certainly noteworthy, but it isn’t the biggest one of the year. Next month’s International 2019 in Shanghai has a bounty worth just under $40 million.