The widely popular battle royale game, Fortnite from Epic Games has created its own space in cultural shoutouts, concerned articles and now has manifested itself in the cultural empyrean by finishing up its first “World Cup” where the company was seen giving away humongous prizes worth $30 million.
The great winner for today’s solo challenge was Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, a 16-year-old who bagged a prize worth $3 million for winning the solo tournament in the competition. According to the revelations by Darren Rovell, a famous sports writer, Giersdorf’s prize money is only $800,000 lesser than the one for the ultimate winner of the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin at the same stadium in a few weeks.
The greatest awards for a popular competitive event is undoubtedly the esports prize pool. Tiger woods bagged a prize worth $2 million for conquering over other competitors at the Masters. However, Wimbledon winners will take less than $3 million.
Fortnite has climbed its way to one of the most prominent games in the history, which makes the event a big deal for the competitive esports in the U.S. According to a McKinsey study, the biggest prize pool in the U.S. for an esports event was likely meant to set a flag and show that competitive gaming has the potential to grasp the younger audience’s attention which has drifted away from watching less sports and more traditional pastimes.
Giersdorf plays professionally for the Sentinels, a Los-Angeles based esports team. The player hails from Pennsylvania and won the inaugural solo champion of the Fortnite World Cup by performing exceptionally well and giving a dominant performance over the entire weekend of competition.
For those who are unaware of the game, Fortnite is quite popular game, where 100 players are dropped onto an island and they have to find weapons, build bases and try to eliminate other players in the competition until there’s only one left standing.
You can imagine it as a cartoon version of the Hunger Games, without any bloodshed, consisting a lot of victory dances, and hours of social networking.
Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite has become a multi-billion dollar business after the game gained immense popularity throughout the world. It certainly became a powerful enterprise that can easily afford massive prizes worth $30 million for a few days of competition.