Teen wins $3-million grand prize in Fortnite tournament
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 30, 2019,
Jul 30, 2019, 0:57
The Fortnite World Cup had the largest prize pool in e-sports history, with a total of US$30m shared amongst the winners of the different events.
A United States teenager has won a record-breaking $3 million grand prize in solo competition to become the inaugural Fortnite world champion.
Winners in the solo and duo categories can each receive $3 million before taxes. Speaking from his NY hotel room, Josh - who is known in the online world by his gamertag LolB0om - says that the many hours of practice he has put in on the game Fortnite: Battle Royale are now paying off: "I am confident".
Fortnite, which is free to play, has 250 million users worldwide.
Game one kicked off and all eyes were on players like Mongraal, Benjyfishy, ZexRow and other pros who have made a name for themselves over the past year or so of Fortnite esports.
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In the first round of finals on Friday, teams of gamers competed in Creative mode, which allows more freedom for players to build and design structures than the shooter-survival game's traditional mode.
Qualified players include a mix of sponsored professionals and unknown global qualifiers who fought their way to the top of the ranks. The Celebrity Pro-Am will begin at 4 PM.
Turner Tenney - a Florida native who plays under the username Tfue - is one of the most famous players and a favorite for the win.
Giersdorf, known online as "Bugha", finished with almost double the points of the second place finisher in the inaugural Fortnite World Cup.
Will a surprising player be coming out on the top of the World Cup Leaderboards?
The 2019 Fortnite World Cup features a $1 million prize pool for the top-scoring players from Sunday's event.
On Saturday, during the Duos Finals, the crowd cheered the defeat of two players who had served a 14-day suspension for cheating earlier in the tournament. Players will participate in six matches, earning one point for each elimination and 10 points for every first place finish.