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.

It is the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports, with $30m shared amongst the winners.

Kyle Giersdorf, 16, won the solo event of the competition in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, which hosts the US Open tennis tournament.

Jaden Ashman – a 15-year-old from Hornchurch, London – won almost £1m for coming second in the duos event.

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  1. Teacher- what did u do this summer
    Kid- made more money playing video games than you, with a post graduate credential, will in ur entire lifetime . Wbu teach?

  2. Next event is DOTA2's The International. A much more entertaining game to watch than fortnite DOTA in one form or another has been around since 2002 and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It has broken 30million and will probably break $34-35 million before the tournament starts in prize pool.

  3. "He's juggled school work, missed out on parties with friends, practiced for 8 hours a day for months, and now he's won the ultimate prize."

    So… he's just an average gamer then lol?

  4. I hate how much these things give you its sad because eventually everyone is going to do this instead of getting real loves kids nowadays don’t understand the value of money some kids just throw it a way and you get hard working people who make a difference earning nowhere near as much such as doctors and soldiers etc.

  5. I think this is pathetic and 3 million pounds is way to much 50 thousand or maybe just 10 thousand would of been the right reward not 3 million because some people who basically lost like if I took part in this and some weasel wannabe gets 3 million and I walk out with litteratly nothing I would probably kill myself that’s why a reward like that is too much and I’m not gonna support this this is just more manipulation from epic

  6. What Gamers and kids do not understand. Fornite or what ever is a game that has targeted every 2nd or 3rd teenager on gaming platforms. They have this money to give away and just got some random kids and teens that might had a lil hype, But since the news is now worldwide about some Kids winning millions,
    Kids and teens especially on or off fortnite are going to give their lives to fornite more and more and the business will give a couple million again next year to some kids
    Thats how it works for these gaming companies.
    However i do wish rock star games had did that, after all they are probably the most famous one out there.

  7. I hate how he’s parents say they knew he would make it as a gamer no one knew 10+ years ago that people would make millions off of being a gamer smh

  8. They paid millions of dollars just for playing a stupid game, but can’t help homeless in the streets out there hungry with no houses. This is America ??

  9. Media Host: These childrens are being brainwashed by games and even treats it like a full time job pfffft
    Them when they get home: Son!!!! Teach me how to play fartnite
    Them:Dies Instantly with no loot
    Also them:Stupid games

  10. Bugha wins 3million dollars
    Brother, Sister, Mother, Family Friends, Gold diggers, Tax, Father who left 15 years ago to buy milk: “allow us to introduce ourselves.”

  11. In fortnite games now it’s just wow but back there in this match well it’s lucky I’m not there because I there is a lot of pressure since there’s 3 million US dollars on the line people

  12. this is what parents have to understand what we’re tryna do for them. They say gaming is a failure. But it isn’t. People can win millions of dollars while playing on keyboards.

  13. Ok, so a handful of kids won a fortnite tournament and earned a large cash prize. Everyone in the comments is saying stuff like "why should i go to school and pursue something that will help the world when i can play fortnite all day and win 3 mil?" But i see an error with this. Even if you play this god awful game all day, theres still somebody out there that can get more kills in a round, build faster, crank 90s better than you, theres just always someone better, and your chances of winning are sooo slim. And if you think otherwise, just remember, only a handful of people won, so look at your chances.

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