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16-year-old Fortnite world champ wins $3 million


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All those hours playing video games have paid off for a 16-year-old.
Kyle Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, won USD 3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion. The competition took place Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
That payout is more than Tiger Woods made for winning the 2019 Masters Tournament.
Giersdorf, who goes by "Bugha" in the gamer world, says "words can't explain it." Some 40 million players competed for a chance to play in the finals.
The tournament offered USD 30 million in cash prizes.
In second place, 24-year-old Harrison Chang, of the United States, won USD 1.8 million.
The duo competition was won by 17-year-old David Wang, of Austria, and 16-year-old Emil Pedersen, of Norway. They'll split the USD 3 million prize.

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First Published: Jul 30 2019 | 5:35 AM IST

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