American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $ 3 million on Sunday after winning the top prize in a tournament in New York for the popular online video game Fortnite.
Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $ 30 million in total prize money, because the huge popularity of video and online games has attracted investments in the top dollar and fueled the emerging professional sport .
According to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, Giersdorf won the solo final part of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than the psalm of his closest competitor, according to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard.
Kyle Giersdorf, also known as & # 39; Bugha & # 39 ;, holds the trophy after winning the solo competition at the Fortnite World Cup 2019 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York on Sunday
The tennis stadium, where the United States Open is being held, was almost full during the last day of the three-day event
& # 39; Words can't even explain it. "I'm just so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview at the Arthur Ashe Stadium event in Queens, New York, posted by organizers on Twitter.
& # 39; Everything I did, the grind, it all paid off. It's just insane. & # 39;
Giersdorf did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Fortnite was launched in 2017 and contributed to a $ 15 billion popularity last year.
It competes with other games such as Electronic Arts Inc & # 39; s Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd & # 39; s PlayerUnknown & # 39; s Battlegrounds.
Tencent also holds a 40% interest in Epic Games.
Global income from esports or professional video game competitions will reach $ 1.1 billion in 2019, a 27 percent increase since last year, thanks to balloon-driven income from advertising, sponsorship and media rights, according to a report released earlier this year.
In general, the global market for video and electronic games, excluding revenue from esports, will generate $ 152.1 billion in 2019, an increase of 9.6% compared to last year, according to a report from gaming analysis company Newzoo.
Jaden Ashman, 15, from Essex, UK, and his mother are seen on Saturday after winning second place in the duo championships
On Saturday, a 15-year-old British teenager from Essex took home more than $ 1 million after he and his Dutch partner won the duo & # 39; s department.
Jaden Ashman, from Essex, will split $ 2.25 million (£ 1.8 million) with partner Dave Jong.
The 15-year-old competed under the name Wolfiez.
Jaden said to the BBC: & I and my mother, we clash quite a bit. Like, she didn't understand how it worked, so she thought I spent eight hours a day in my room just wasting my time.
& # 39; So now that I have proven to her that I can do things, I am really happy. & # 39;
His mother, Lisa Dallman, said to the BBC: & If I am honest with you, I am pretty against him. I pushed him more to his schoolwork.
& # 39; I actually threw away an XBox, broke a headset, we had a nightmare.
& # 39; And when we went to the games, got his visa, we had problems with that, so we had a week of a nightmare.
& # 39; Then the dog ate his birth certificate, so – and this is not a joke – this really happened.
& # 39; And then my work confused my wages, so three things went wrong before we went here, so I knew we were sitting in an even way and everything would go well. & # 39;
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