Fortnite became famed for earning young kids a lot of money, especially thanks to the $30m Fortnite World Cup event – but now we know how much that would equate to in hourly earnings.
While the rest of us try to make ends meet on a standard salary, some of these players – from as young as 13 or 14 years old – were making hundreds of thousands from Fortnite, be it through salary, stream earnings to tournament winnings.
But tournament winnings are what really counts, separating the best in the world to those on their way up, and it’s what all competitors aspire to when they first start out.
That’s where Fortnite Tracker stepped in, offering to break down players’ earnings into a simple hourly earning calculation, and some of the results are interesting.
These results only include time spent in matchmaking – not waiting in the lobby, in Creative or Playground modes or anything else, so is purely a breakdown of in-game time.
To calculate, they simply divided the player’s online earnings by the number of hours played. This does mean that for the most part, unless specified, figures do not include earnings from the likes of World Cup, DreamHack events or any other LAN.
Fortnite pros hourly earnings
- Ryan 'Chap' Chaplo – $62.11/hr
- Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf – $94.93/hr ($3,846.07/hr including World Cup)
- Evan 'cented' Barron – $97.79/hr
- Rocco 'Saf' Morales – $120.77/hr
- Dominick 'UnknownxArmy1x' Green – $138.21/hr
- Jonathan 'yung calculator' Weber – $180.88/hr
- Dmitri 'Mitr0' Van de Vrie – $188.36/hr
- Anthony 'ZexRow' Colandro – $248.70/hr
These are some of the more interesting results, though you can see every response in the original Tweet thread below:
For April Fools, we’re going to let the numbers speak for themselves
To all self declared Fortnite “Pros” - comment your IGN and we’ll calculate how much you make per hour in Fortnite (total hours played ÷ tournament earnings)
We’re about to expose some burger flippers today 🍔
— Fortnite Tracker (@FortniteTracker) April 1, 2020
It would be interesting to have seen results for the likes of Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff or Kyle ‘Mongraal’Jackson, who are arguably some of the biggest names to come out of the competitive Fortnite scene and each will have made some decent earnings along the way.
Other streamers, such as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, may not have as high earnings as their peers listed above, but likely aren’t too concerned considering how much they make from content creation.
Even players like Bugha and Chap will have much higher earnings if you included revenue from their streams and YouTube, which is really the main income source, even for those who play competitively.