A trio of teens took the top awards at the Fortnite World Cup this weekend in New York.
At the biggest "Fortnite" tournament to date, with $30 million in prizes awarded 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorfwon $3 million Sunday by beating 99 others for the solo title. Those 100 made the cut from the 40-million players globally who initially entered the competition.
The previous day, another 16-year-old, Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen of Norway and the elderly 17-year-old Thomas "Aqua" Arnould of Austriawon $1.5-million eachwhen they were crowned the top duo.
And if you need more evidence that eSports is big business, the Fortnite World Cup’s $3-million top prize surpasses the winner’s prize money in major traditional events such as Wimbledon ($2.98-million), The Indianapolis 500 ($2.53-million) and The Masters ($1.98-million), noted Statista.
So yeah, maybe that whole sending your kids outside isn’t such a great idea after all.