16-year-old Fortnite player Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf just secured the best payday of any esports athlete in history. The youngster from team Sentinels banked $3M for winning the Fortnite World Cup solo tournament this weekend, leaving behind CLG’s Harrison “Psalm” Chang and NRG’s Shane “EpikWhale”.
The achievement is an outstanding one for esports. Bugha not only immediately made it to the top 10 of the highest earners in esports, just 13K short of TI champion Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora, but is also the youngest player in the top 10 — a record previously held by 20-year-old Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan. In fact, there’s no one even close to Bugha’s age in the million-dollar club. The last time a boy of this age won seven figures was again SumaiL taking TI5 at the age of 16, but even then, Bugha’s check stands two and a half times larger.
Bugha is also one of only four Fortnite players in the top 50 all-time earners, the rest being Harrison “Psalm” Chang (#27, $1.94M), David “Aquav2” W (#39, $1.56M), and Emil “Nyhrox” Pedersen (#42, $1.51M). Team Liquid Dota 2 captain Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi still leads the rankings with over $4.23M on record — a number which can get even higher if Team Liquid do well at the upcoming The International 2019.
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