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16-year-old Bugha becomes top 10 esports earner after Fortnite World Cup win

Published: 29/Jul/2019 14:45 Updated: 30/Jul/2019 9:45

by Andy Williams


Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf has become the youngest esports professional to break into the top 10 esports earners, after scooping the $3 million prize following his solo win at the Fortnite World Cup in New York.

The 16-year-old American pro took home first place after holding onto his game one victory royale lead for the remainder of the competition. 

Bugha’s performance continued throughout the tournament, finishing with 23 eliminations – a full 26 points clear of runner-up Harrison ‘psalm’ Chang; placing Bugha as the highest single-event earner in the history of esports.

Epic GamesBugha celebrates his Fortnite World Cup triumph.

After just six games of Fortnite, notable changes have now been made to the highest earners list across all of esports — firmly putting Fortnite on the map as a top esports contender. 

Many are now speculating about the impact of the Fortnite World Cup and its transcendence into the esports industry, with some hoping that the likes of CS:GO and other more ‘traditional’ esports titles follow suit.

Team Liquid’s Jacky ‘Stewie2k’ Yip voiced frustrations after Bugha more than tripled Stewie’s career earnings with just a single event win.

Stewie’s list of accomplishments does not fall short, having previously won a $1 million Counter-Strike major with Cloud9, and more recently winning the Intel Grand Slam with Team Liquid — netting him a bonus $200,000 following a flurry of premier tier tournament wins. 

Many empathize with Stewie’s views, given that CS:GO devs Valve have successfully crowdfunded over $29 million to contribute to the $1.6 million base prize pool for the upcoming Dota 2 International, while failing to offer a similar monetary incentive for CS:GO majors.

Bugha becomes the second most financially decorated American esports pro, sitting in 10th place overall in the all-time winningest esports player list. The teenager joins a cohort of Dota professionals in the list of highest earners. 

You can view the full top ten highest earning esports players, according to Esports Earnings, below. 

Top 10 highest esports earners to-date (July 29, 2019)

Player Prize Money Game
1 Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi $4,235,456.55 Dota 2
2 Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi $$3,799,837.28 Dota 2
3 Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein $3,765,555.59 Dota 2
4 Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Ivanov $3,590,911.76 Dota 2
5 Lasse ‘Matumbaman’ Urpalainen $3,540,616.04 Dota 2
6 Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan $3,349,914.94 Dota 2
7 Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka $3,344,963.82 Dota 2
8 Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej $3,193,844.84 Dota 2
9 Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora $3,038,937.67 Dota 2
10 Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf $3,025,900.00 Fortnite

Of course, an impending shuffle in esports earners is certainly on the cards, with Dota 2’s upcoming ‘The International’ 2019, which looks set to surprass the World Cup’s $30 million prize pool, taking place in less than a month. 


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite Season 4 is now entering its final week, but before it wraps up, you’ve got one last batch of Challenges to get through in order to claim some huge last-minute experience.

After what feels like forever, the current Marvel-themed takeover is about to reach its conclusion. Galactus is hurtling towards the map, and the Nexus War is finally set for a major in-game event on December 1.

If you’re worried that you might not have time to fill out your Battle Pass before then, fear not. Epic Games has come through with more XP boosts this week than any week prior. You’ll be able to catch up and finish things off in no time thanks to this week’s XP Xtravaganza Challenges.

From where you’ll need to go and what you’ll need to do, we’ve got everything broken down. Here’s how you can complete Week 14’s XP offerings.

Fortnite skins
Epic Games
Foil skins for the current Marvel lineup will soon be gone forever.

There are a whopping 12 Challenges to get through this week, plenty to keep you busy. Many of these can be kept in the back of your mind while you focus on some of the more tricky ones. However, there’s nothing too complex here, so you should be able to get them all done in barely a few hours of playing.

Some Challenges ask you to use certain weapons and items. Be sure to track down Assault Rifles and Boogie Bombs in every game while keeping an eye out for vehicles as well.

One unique task requires you to keep your full health bar intact along with full shields. Obviously, this might need you to camp things out and play it safe. Eight minutes is the set time so try to find a safe spot, barricade yourself in, and wait this one through.

For more casual Challenges like fishing from a motorboat or riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York, your best bet could be to drop into some Team Rumble. Trying these in the standard Battle Royale playlists might prove frustrating. The full list of Week 14 Challenges can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles to opponents (1,000/2,500/10,000)
  • Hit opponents with Boogie Bombs or Shockwave Grenades (1/9/15)
  • Fish for items from a motorboat
  • Fish for items from a motorboat and a Choppa in a single match
  • Fish for items from a motorboat a Choppa, and a pickup truck bed in a single match
  • Maintain full shield and health for 2/4/8 minutes in a single match
  • Deliver a Small Truck from outside Upstate New York to Stark Industries
  • Generate power for Stark Industries by riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York (3)
  • Harvest Buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations (1)
  • Release Slurp into the atmosphere (3)
  • Boogie before oblivion (1)
  • Eliminate opponents outside of Stark Industries, Misty Meadows, or Weeping Woods (15)
Fortnite fishing
Epic Games
Fishing will play a big role in your XP gains in this final week of Season 4.

Whether you’re trying to complete the Battle Pass before it’s too late, or aiming for the ultra-rare foil skins, time is running out. This is your final week in Season 4 so get through as many Challenges are you can before everything’s gone.

To get ready for the new season, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Galactus event in Fortnite.