The 2019 Fortnite World Cup has come and gone, and the results are wild. The event had a $30 million prize pool and was held July 26-28, 2019 at New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. 100 Solo players and 50 Duos attended, following placing in 10 weekly tournaments earlier this year. As a result, multiple teenagers from around the world walked away with millions of dollars.
The big winner at the Fortnite World Cup was actually a 16-year-old. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, from Pennsylvania, was the winner in the Solo category. He came away from the event winning $3 million. (The runner up in that category, Harrison “psalm” Chang, is a 24-year-old also from the United States who won $1.8 million.) That’s the biggest prize from the event. However, he wasn’t the only youngin’ to do well.
The two players who took first place in the Duos portion of the Fortnite World Cup are also teenagers. David “Aqua” Wang, an Austrian 17-year-old, and Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen, a Norwegian 16-year-old, came in first there. They will split a $3 million prize.
As a funny aside, one of the Duos teenage runners-up actually had a parent who didn’t quite support his gaming. 15-year-old Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman’s mother told the BBC, “If I’m honest with you, I’ve been quite against him gaming. I’ve actually thrown an Xbox out [and] snapped a headset. We’ve had a nightmare.” (All is well, though, as he noted he would buy his mom a house with his winnings.) He and his partner, the 21-year-old David “Rojo” Jong, will split a $2,250,000.00 prize.