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.
Bugha 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.
So for @bugha, in winning $3m, he actually owes the Federal Governent $1.2m and the state of New York $265,000, approximately.
His final take home should be somewhere around $1.5m.
Excitement for Fortnite’s Season 4 Nexus War finale event, which will introduce Marvel villain Galactus, is at fever pitch. From start times to how to watch live, here’s everything you need to know.
Love them or hate them, Fortnite’s crossovers with Marvel have become big business for Epic Games. Season 4 has introduced a number of skins and weapons for our favorite superheroes and villains, and it’s set to go out with a bang with the arrival of Galactus.
We don’t know too much about what will happen when the Devourer of Worlds hits the Island, but as his moniker suggests, it’s going to spell trouble; the event has been described as “an interactive Marvel movie” by Epic, and is expected to be one of the biggest events the game has ever seen.
Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Nexus War finale including start times, how to watch, leaks about another potential Black Hole scenario, and what to expect when Season 5 finally arrives.
When does the Fortnite Galactus event start?
Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.
Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone. The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:10 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.
If you want to take part in Fortnite’s Nexus War finale event, Epic recommends you log in to the game at least 60 minutes prior to the start time and date listed above, with the Event Playlist expected to go live 30 minutes before the event.
Epic have also advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat) for the best experience. However, if you don’t want to play, and instead just want to watch the event live, you can tune into several of the live streams that we’ve included below for your convenience.
Fortnite Galactus event: What to expect
Unfortunately, we don’t really know what to expect during the event itself, although the prevailing theory is that players will have to fight Galactus. This hasn’t been confirmed and is pure speculation, but with the hype that’s been surrounding the villain’s arrival, it would make sense.
That being said, the playlist for the event apparently states that players will have to “defend the Island to save all Reality!”, which supports that theory that we’ll have to take down Galactus himself.
We’ll just have to wait and see to find out exactly what’s going to happen during the event itself when it goes live at 4:10 PM.
Galactus Fortnite event leaks
2While we may not know exactly what we’ll be doing during the event, as with everything in Fortnite, there’s a ton of leaks surrounding the event itself, giving players SOME idea of what to expect.
Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.
It’s also been heavily rumored that there will be another Black Hole type situation once the Galactus event comes to a close. Back when Chapter 1 ended, the battle royale was stuck behind a black hole loading screen, with nothing for players to do until Chapter 2 began.
The potential return of a blackout was pointed out on November 18 by data miner FNLeaksAndInfo, who tweeted: “Prepare for some more possible downtime after the event similar to the Black Hole event!”
This is how Galactus is going to look like as a skin! Thanks to @ximton for the screenshot.
It's not confirmed yet whether this skin is gonna be obtainable in the future, but keep in mind that a set for the Galactus skin was added to the files ~3 patches ago! pic.twitter.com/i3ZQAl6gLX
Beyond the event itself, it seems like players may be able to play as Galactus if some leaks are to be believed, although not in the way you’re probably thinking. It turns out there’s actually a standard-sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.
The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.
On top of that, on November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.
Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.
New Weapon in the works: "Lazing Device"
It's WID is all over the place, but I suspect this *could* be a prototype of the upcoming Cosmos (event and/or Galactus) rifle.
It uses Base Bolt Sniper stats, same as the Cosmos ones. The name "Lazing" could also be connected to this. pic.twitter.com/GgVuOcYot8