Fortnite pro Griffin ‘Sceptic’ Spikoski finished 35th in the Duos portion of the World Cup with Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod and claims he’s seeing just $14,000 of his $50,000 due to taxes from the United States and Poland.
Sceptic and Clix earned $100,000 at the Fortnite World Cup and had that split evenly between the two.
However, Sceptic says he is being double-taxed by both the United States and Poland, leaving him with just a fraction of his winnings, revealing that winning large sums of money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“I’m only getting $14K from World Cup,” he tweeted. “Since I was born (in) Poland both the US and Poland collect taxes…”
Since I was born poland both the US and poland collect taxes…
— Sceptic (@Sceptic) August 17, 2019
Keep in mind that taxation like this is rare where two separate countries take cuts of your earnings are rare so if this is true it’d be a huge wake-up call in the face to the players who thought they’d be earning a lot more.
Considering the World Cup allowed players from all across the world to compete, there would be many more players running into this issue.
— Sceptic (@Sceptic) July 25, 2019
Clix’s earnings represent under a third of his winnings, so while he still came home with a lot of money playing Fortnite, he definitely has a right to be upset.
100 Thieves pro Kennith defended Clix against the negativity in his replies, saying if the same thing happened to them, they’d be mad too.
“People saying “be grateful” yet if they earned 50k on paper but only received not even a third of that, theyd be upset too,” he tweeted.
People saying "be grateful" yet if they earned 50k on paper but only received not even a third of that, theyd be upset too
— 100T Kenith (@kenith) August 17, 2019
Unrelated to the taxed earnings, Clix and Sceptic parted ways following the end of the World Cup due to a difference in playstyles, along with leaving Misfits Gaming.
“I split with Clix, looking for a new duo that believes in teamwork and chemistry,” Sceptic said about the split.