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Teenager nabs $3 million prize in Fortnite gaming tournament

Bugha celebrates his $3 million win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, July 28, 2019. Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Bugha celebrates his $3 million win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, July 28, 2019. Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players...more

Bugha celebrates his $3 million win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, July 28, 2019. Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30 million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Tfue reacts after being eliminated at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28. Playing under the name  Bugha,  Giersdorf won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his nearest competitor  psalm,  according to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, posted on the game s website. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Tfue reacts after being eliminated at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28. Playing under the name Bugha, Giersdorf won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his...more

Tfue reacts after being eliminated at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 28. Playing under the name Bugha, Giersdorf won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his nearest competitor psalm, according to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, posted on the game s website. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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The family of aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. "Words can't even explain it. I'm just so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, posted by organizers on Twitter. "Everything I've done, the grind, it's all paid off. It's just insane."
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The family of aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. "Words can't even explain it. I'm just so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at...more

The family of aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. "Words can't even explain it. I'm just so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, posted by organizers on Twitter. "Everything I've done, the grind, it's all paid off. It's just insane." Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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All one hundred players before the start of the duos match during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Launched in 2017, Fortnite's popularity has helped Epic Games reach a $15-billion-valuation last year. It competes with other games like Electronic Arts Inc's Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Tencent also owns a 40% stake in Epic Games.
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All one hundred players before the start of the duos match during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Launched in 2017, Fortnite's popularity has helped Epic Games reach a $15-billion-valuation last year. It...more

All one hundred players before the start of the duos match during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Launched in 2017, Fortnite's popularity has helped Epic Games reach a $15-billion-valuation last year. It competes with other games like Electronic Arts Inc's Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Tencent also owns a 40% stake in Epic Games. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Bugha celebrates with his family after his victory as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 28. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Bugha celebrates with his family after his victory as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 28. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Bugha celebrates with his family after his victory as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 28. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Fortnite's Cuddle Team Leader sits with the fans during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Fortnite's Cuddle Team Leader sits with the fans during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Fortnite's Cuddle Team Leader sits with the fans during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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A general view of Athur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

A general view of Athur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

A general view of Athur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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A contestant competes during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A contestant competes during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A contestant competes during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Contestants compete during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Contestants compete during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Contestants compete during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Marshmello and Fortnite player Ninja prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Marshmello and Fortnite player Ninja prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Marshmello and Fortnite player Ninja prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
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A fan watches the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A fan watches the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A fan watches the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Fans watch the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Fans watch the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Fans watch the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Singer Jordan Fisher and Fortnite player Ewok wave to the crowd prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Singer Jordan Fisher and Fortnite player Ewok wave to the crowd prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Singer Jordan Fisher and Fortnite player Ewok wave to the crowd prior to participating in the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
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Fans react during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Fans react during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Fans react during the Fortnite World Cup Duos Finals at Flushing Meadows Arthur Ashe stadium July 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Alex Mendez pumps up the crowd before the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Mendez pumps up the crowd before the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Mendez pumps up the crowd before the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 27. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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RL Grime and Airwaks celebrate after winning the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

RL Grime and Airwaks celebrate after winning the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

RL Grime and Airwaks celebrate after winning the Pro-AM during the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium July 26. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
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