Fresh from a $ 3 million first place finish at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup Final, 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf came by The Tonight Show to talk about his victory with Jimmy Fallon. Despite his new fame, the teenager appears charming and modest and Fallon takes his daily routine with him Fortnite practice. Bugha also reveals the origin of his handle – it was his grandfather's childhood nickname – and Fallon gets a chance to confirm that the Battle Bus trophy is indeed quite heavy.
It is of course quite normal for athletes to celebrate big wins in the talk show circuit – last year Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby visited The Tonight Show with the Stanley Cup for example – but it is still relatively new territory for e-sports. Despite huge prize pools and a large number of viewers online, competitive gaming is still struggling with acceptance. With the worldwide popularity of Fortnite and the scale of the World Cup Final – it took place in a tennis stadium with 23,000 seats and a prize pool of $ 30 million – the recent Epic tournament was perhaps the biggest competitive game competition to date, and has subsequently made many headlines.
Although the World Cup may be over, the game for the Battle Royale game does not slow down. On Thursday, season 10 of Fortnite starts, with months of content and a long-awaited new competitive format.