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US Teen Wins Record $3m In Fortnite Championship

A US teenager has won a record-breaking $3 million grand prize in solo competition to become the inaugural Fortnite world champion.

In the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports – with $30 million shared amongst the winners, 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf from Pennsylvania dominated the finals at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Bugha was the first player to qualify for the World Cup Finals in the North American East Region in April.

“Words just can’t even explain it right now, I’m just so happy,” Giersdorf told ESPN.

“Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”

“Emotionally, right now, I don’t feel too much, except I know that this could pretty much change my life forever.”

The Fortnite World Cup is a major event in the billion-dollar e-sports industry, with this year’s competition seeing 40 million players attempting to qualify over a 10-week online competition prior to the main event.

From here, 100 players moved on to the final stage of the competition, with more than 30 nations being represented.

Each player competing at the World Cup finals won at least $50,000 just for qualifying, with the top five players becoming instant millionaires.

The sold-out tournament filled the 23,000-capacity stadium in New York, with millions more watching the event unfold via online live-streams.

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