What a year it’s been for competitive Fortnite. Epic have broken esports prize money records and hosted the World Cup, one of the biggest tournaments ever. But who was the standout player of 2019? You've been voting for the best Fortnite player of 2019 in the Dexerto Awards and we can reveal the results!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the winner of the Fortnite World Cup came out on top, with Bugha receiving 50% of the votes.
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Bugha is a worthy winner, but all four of our nominees deserve recognition. Check out their achievements below and look out for more Dexerto Awards in the coming days.
Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf
No ‘Fortnite Player of the Year’ list would be complete without the reigning World Cup Solo champion. Bugha burst onto the scene in 2019 with his first-place finish at the World Cup finals. He came home from the event with $3 million in his bank account and hundreds of thousands of new fans.
He didn’t stop there, though, regularly winning FNCS qualifiers and Cash Cups, leading him to earn over $3 million from the game – almost all of which came in 2019 alone.
There are a lot of top Fortnite players that could be considered the best in the world, but there's only one reigning World Cup Solo champion. You can't argue with the results.
David 'Aqua' Wang
For some reason, the World Cup Duo winners – Aqua and Nyhrox – didn’t get the same popularity boost as Bugha following the tournament. He got a bump in the competitive scene but isn't always mentioned in the discussion of the top Fortnite players in the world.
Since then, however, Aqua has shown that the World Cup was no fluke by taking home first place in the EU Season X FNCS and running the table on several Cash Cups and placement matches. The Australian has won an estimated $1,790,207 from Fortnite competitions over the course of 2019.
Benjy David 'BenjyFishy' Fish
BenjyFishy is widely considered to be one of best players in the European region. The 15-year-old has battled as a solo and team competitor over the course of the year, racking-up high placements and gaining respect from the rest of the Fortnite esports community.
This high-level pro has teamed up with some of the best that the region has to offer in MrSavage and Mongraal, both of which acknowledge Benjy as one of the best. He can fill any role on a team and plays out-of-his-mind during solo competitions. BenjyFishy might not have the lifetime winnings of some of the other pro players, but he was too young to play in some of the early 16+ competitions.
We can expect to see BenjyFishy and Mongraal compete together in the upcoming Winter Royale Duo competition, solidifying their role as EU's Tfue and Cloakzy.
Dominick ‘UnknownxArmy’ Green
UnknownxArmy has been one of the more under-the-radar Fortnite pros of 2019 but deserves his spot on this list as much as anyone else. The free agent W-keyed his way to becoming the first – and one of the only – controller players to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup solos. That was his coming-out party, but he was only getting started.
From there, Unknown has been dominating Cash Cups and regularly stomping pros in Creative Mode. He even showed that he wasn't a one-trick pony with his L2 when he placed fifth in a Cash Cup on keyboard and mouse.
UnknownxArmy is a true hybrid player. He could probably win a Cash Cup on an iPad. He pieced together a squad for the FNCS and ended up winning the NA-East Grand Finals. We're watching the beginning of Unknown's career, right now. This young pro is sure to get more shine in 2020.