Fortnite World Cup Championship was held between 26 and 28 July, and the finals were last night. The prize pool was huge and the seats were full, with Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf emerging as the world champion. Bugha pocketed the $3M prize, while the runner up Psalm got $1.8M and third place Epikwhale got $1.2M. First 10 places were all rewarded heftily, with the other 7 places undoubtedly consoled. The 10th place reward was $225K, definitely enough to drown your sorrows…
The competition was followed by 2 million people and it was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. The last day was dedicated to Fortnite’s finals and the total prize pool was $30 million! Besides solo, there was also a Duos Tournament, which was won by David “Aqua” W. and Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen, who also won a $3M prize, split between the two of course. They emerged the victors among 50 other teams, with two games won out of six games they played in total and amassing the most points.
Giersdorf “Bugha” is a member of the Sentinels group. He dominated in the entire event since the beginning, according to reports, and gathered a total of 59 points, earning his trophy. As a comparison, “Psalm”, the runner up in singles, had 33 points out of six matches. The system used to determine the winner was based on scoring points over the course of the entire competition, encouraging players not only to rank higher up in individual matches but also try and amass the most points. This discouraged players from hiding the entire match and got the action going.
“Words can’t even explain how I feel right now! I’m just so happy. Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane!” said Giersdorf after lifting the trophy. The $30M total prize pool and the $3M first prize money make this Fortnite World Cup championship one of the biggest, most prestigious competitions in the world, and it undoubtedly raises the bar for the entire esports community.