Kyle Giersdorf Aka “Bugha” a 16-year-old boy won $3m at Fortnite World Cup hosted by Epic Games. In addition, the International prize pool for Dota 2 has reached $31.8m and is still increasing steadily.
Every parent dreads the time when they’ll have to storm into the room of their teenager for the 100th time, telling them they need to get off their game. The thought of a child spending hours without interacting physically with the outside world could drive any parent nuts.
There’s no doubt that this same scenario played out in the Giersdorf household. The only difference here is that his parents would have had themselves to blame if they had succeeded in making him stop playing video games entirely.
When Kyle was just a few months old, his grandpa used to be the tickle monster and would tickle him on the chin saying “Bugha! Bugha! Boo!”.
When the time came for Kyle to choose his game avatar, he didn’t think twice before choosing “Bugha” as his preferred nickname.
Back to the video game era of Kyle. When he clocked 16, Kyle had explored several games, but he fell in love with a particular game, Fortnite. Just last month, he decided to participate in the Fortnite World cup and surprisingly, he won it with a price money of $3 million. Yes, you heard that right.
The Fortnite World Cup
The keenly contested competition took place between July 26 and 28 in the big apple New York City. The competition was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Almost everyone was a winner sharing a whopping sum of $30 million while the winner went home with 10% of the total sum.
Well, it’s not every day you see a 16 year old wins $3m doing what he loves best. Kyle was called to make an appearance on the Late Night Show hosted by the enigmatic Jimmy Fallon.
Speaking about his performance, Giersdorf said:
“I had no emotion, but it also felt unreal.”
Kyle is not an overnight success as he’s been playing professionally for Sentinels, a North American Fortnite team. He battled about 40 million players worldwide to make the cut to the Fortnite World Cup.
Like we stated earlier, Kyle was not the only winner as a team, David “Aqua” W and “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen also won the duos tournament prize slated for $3m.
As stated by cnet.com, Glyph, Twitch tracking site, estimated that 1.3 million people streamed the final live using its service. While 500 million people watched it on YouTube.
International Dota 2 prize keeps growing
Fortnite’s unrivaled success implies that they hold the world record for an Esports prize.
The reign will be short lived though
Dota 2’s The International 2019 will holds between August 15 to 25 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. Currently, the prize pool stands at $31,802,277.
The major part of the prize pool emanates from sales of Dota 2 Battle Packs ($30,203,266). This means that if more people buy pack, it would increase further than it already has.
The International 2018, produced a total prize pool of $25,532,177. The first prize, a sum of $11,234,158, was won by Team OG who defeated PSG LGD in the final.
Current International 2019 odds
Team Secret – 5/2
Vici Gaming – 10/3
Team Liquid – 5/1
Virtus Pro – 5/1
Evil Geniuses- 13/2
PSG.LGD – 15/2
OG – 14/1