How much does Bugha lose from his $3 million Fortnite World Cup prize money to tax?

Published: 30/Jul/2019 15:46 Updated: 30/Jul/2019 22:38

by Connor Bennett


Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf might have just netted himself $3 million dollars thanks to his incredible battle royale skills, but how much will be truly take home?

While fans may have expected big names like Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and Anthony ‘Bizzle’ Miller to duke it out for the Fortnite World Cup solos win, it was Sentinel’s star Bugha who stepped up.

The 16-year-old dazzled on-lookers and fellow competitors with his skills as he racked up 59 points from the six games – taking the lead from the first match and never looking back. While much has been made about the cash dished out by Epic Games for the event, the harsh reality of tax means that his parents won’t be depositing a $3 million cheque into a bank or savings account for him any time soon.

Epic GamesBugha finished 26 points above second place on his way to Fortnite World Cup glory.

Prize winnings in New York fall under their own tax that currently sits at 8.82% – meaning that Bugha owes the state around $264,600 just for competing and winning. The state is in for a windfall too, considering they’ll take money from everyone involved.

However, it doesn’t end there for Bugha. Ryan from RushB Media calculated that the 16-year-old, despite his young age, also has to stump up the cash to pay the 39.4% amount of the US’ top tax bracket. From his $3 million winners paycheque, that total comes out to an eye-watering $1,182,000 million. 

In total, the battle royale star would have to deduct $1,446,600 from his total earning, leaving him with a touch over $1,500,000 to do with as he pleases. 

Of course, considering he’s 16, it’s unlikely that he goes around and splashes out on a brand new car or heads to his local nightclub.

In fact, despite his media tour – where he even appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – Bugha has not revealed what he is eyeing up with his winnings. 

Regardless of that first big purchase, it’s probably not the best idea to be thinking about the huge number of in-game cosmetics. There are plenty of better things to buy than those. 


New Fortnite leak hints at NPC drivers & boss vehicles in Season 6

Published: 23/Feb/2021 21:05

by Tanner Pierce


Massively popular battle royale game Fortnite might be getting some new features for its vehicles in the near future, including the possibility of NPC drivers or boss vehicles – if a recent code uncovered by a dataminer/leaker on Twitter is to be believed.

If you’ve been hoping for more from the vehicles in Fortnite, then there may be some good news for you on the horizon.

A leaker/dataminer named ‘Mang0e’ over on Twitter has discovered some unreleased “AI spawner capabilities for vehicles” in the Fortnite’s code that were added in during the game’s 15.40 update on February 16, 2021.

While they don’t have an exact answer for what it could be, they do speculate that it could mean that NPC drivers could be coming to the game. If this is the case, this would help players get around the map while also giving them a way to fight back, without having to rely on another player driving the car.

This theory has also grabbed the eye of another Fortnite leaker, iFireMonkey, who claims he had the same exact thought when he first saw the code for himself.

Magn0e also speculates that this code could mean that boss vehicles might be coming to the game, which would then attack players.

Of course, both thoughts are pure speculation at this point, and the only thing we know for a certainty right now is that there’s code referencing AIs and vehicles in the game’s code. The code/idea may end up getting completely scrapped and never released.

That being said, this particular situation is interesting because, according leaker HYPEX, Epic is currently testing attachments/mods for vehicles in the game, which may be connected to this code in some way (although that may be reaching a bit).

Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes out of this in the future, and with Season 6 right around the corner, it hopefully won’t be too much longer.