This Teen Just Won $3 Million for Playing Fortnite

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You might worry that all those hours spent playing video games are a waste of time, but it turns out you can actually brighten your future by playing Fortnite. A teenager has just won three million dollars in the first ever Fortnite World Cup championship.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Giersdorf made video game history this weekend when he took first place in the world’s fist Fortnite World Cup. In addition to the title, Giersdorf also walked away with a three million dollar prize, the largest payout ever for an individual in an esports tournament.

“Words can’t even explain it right now. I’m so happy,” Giersdorf said after his win, according to video shared on the tournament’s official Twitter page. “Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”

Over 40 million participants entered the online competition and they were whittled down to the 100 top players after ten weeks of online competition. Giersdorf wasn’t the only one to walk away wealthy––the second place player earned $1.8 million and the third place player took home $1.2 million. It’s tempting to write-off all those Fortnite hours as a waste of time, but clearly it’s time well spent for these champions.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Fortnite Competitive via Twitter



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