16-year-old wins $3mn (AED11mn) playing Fornite
Kyle “Bugha” Gieseldorf won the grand prize in the finals held in New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium.
16-year-old Kyle Gieseldorf, known by his online persona "Bugha," bagged the $3mn (AED) grand-prize at the Fortnite World Cup finals held in New York City's Arthur Ashe stadium in the US.
Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite—a free-to-play game currently boasting 250 million users around the world—was reported to have spent $100mn on the event, which saw forty million players attempting to qualify for a 10-week long tournament, which culminated in 100 players fighting to win the grand prize amount, with a guaranteed award of $50,000.
The grand-prize of $3mn is now 5th in a list of 10 sporting events with the highest grand-prizes—compiled by The National in a report on Tuesday, the list is headlined by the Dubai Thunder Snow World Cup, which awards $7.2mn to the winner, with the England Cricket World Cup coming a not-so-close second at $4mn-a million more than Epic Games biggest prize money.