US teenager wins $3m as Fortnite world champion – BBC News
A US teenager has won a record-breaking $3m (£2.4m) to become world champion of the computer game Fortnite.\n\nIt is the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports, with $30m shared amongst the winners.\n\nKyle Giersdorf, 16, won the solo event of the competition in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, which hosts the US Open tennis tournament.\n\nJaden Ashman – a 15-year-old from Hornchurch, London – won almost £1m for coming second in the duos event.\n\nPlease subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
American teen wins $ 3 million in esports tournament
16-year-old Pennsylvania resident Kyle Giersdorf wins major Fortnite online shooter competition.
The total prize fund of the tournament, which was attended by 100 people, was $ 30 million. The esports segment is gaining more and more popularity in the world, which attracts a large number of investments that develop this direction.
Global revenues from esports or professional video game competitions will reach $ 1.1 billion in 2019, up 27% from last year, according to a report released this year..
Playing under the name «Buga», Giersdorf won the Fortnite World Cup Solo Final with 59 points, 26 more than his silver medalist Harrison Chung, who received $ 1.8 million for second place. It is noteworthy that Chang is 24 years old and he was the oldest participant in the tournament. He said he plans to either gamble or invest the prize money somewhere.
The popularity of Fortnite, which launched in 2017, has helped Epic Games reach its $ 15 billion valuation. Project successfully competes with other giants of the genre such as Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown&# 39; s Battlegrounds from Tencent Holdings.
Global video and electronic games, excluding esports revenues, will generate $ 152.1 billion in 2019, up 9.6% from last year, according to a report from analyst firm Newzoo..