Teenagers Win Millions At Fortnite World Cup

$30 million in prizes were up for grabs, the largest ever for an esports event, and more than 40 million attempted to qualify for a spot. Now IGN reports:
The grand champion of the Fortnite World Cup finals has been crowned. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, a 16-year-old American boy, took home the trophy and a $3 million prize… “Words can’t even explain [how I feel] right now,” Giersdorf said from the Champion’s circle. “I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”

And the Guardian reports that a 15-year-old won $1.25 million (£1m) when his two-man team placed second in the duos competition.
He told the BBC that his mother initially thought he was wasting his time. “Now I’ve proved to her that I can do stuff, I’m really happy,” he said. With regard to spending the prize money, his mother said her son was not materialistic, and that she anticipated he would spend the prize money on a “lifetime of Uber Eats”.

IGN also reported on another Fortnite drama:
A pair of Fortnite World Cup competitors, formerly banned by Epic for cheating, were the target of much ire Saturday, as the crowd loudly booed one’s appearance onscreen and subsequently cheered for their loss…
Epic Games previously banned XXiF and Ronaldo from Fortnite for 14 days, after an internal review found that the players had colluded with other players in order to acquire easy elimination points during week 3 of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers, according to Dexerto. The pair were subsequently dropped from their team, Rise Nation. That initially sounded like the end of the whole matter, but then XXiF and Ronaldo qualified during the week 8 qualifier, finishing in third place and securing a spot during the finals.

XXiF and Ronaldo ended up placing 28th during the duos finals, securing them $50,000 each in prize money.

Fornite had to ban more than 1,200 Fortnite accounts for cheating in just the first week of the World Cup Open online.

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