Fortnite Battle Royale might be a newcomer to the world of esports, but that hasn't stopped Epic Games from offering some absolutely massive prize pools for the game's competitive events. Let's take a look at the top 20 highest earning pro players to-date.
Although Epic Games have been criticized for various aspects of their esports ventures with Fortnite, one thing they cannot be denied is their exorbitant prize pools.
While millions had already been awarded prior to the Fortnite World Cup, the enormous $30 million prize on offer there has resulted in a major shake-up in the standings, with former highest earner Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller dropping to 16th over a single weekend - and dropping further in the weeks that have followed.Bugha was launched to the top of the list with his victory in the World Cup Solos tournament.
Where previously Bizzle led the pack with $518,250 for quite some time, there are now 10 players who have earned over $1 million, meaning Fortnite now boasts more millionaires by prize money than any other game except Dota 2, which remains in a class unto itself when it comes to prizes thanks to The International.
Now sitting atop the list is, of course, 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, who took home the $3 million prize for first place in the Solos tournament. Despite having only earned $25,900 in total from other events prior to the World Cup, Bugha now sits over a million dollars ahead of any other player in the battle royale title.
Meanwhile, Solos runner-up Harrison ‘psalm’ Chang was also rocketed into second-place on the earnings list by virtue of that result, with the $1.8 million prize for finishing second putting him a sizeable margin ahead of even Duos winners Aqua and Nyhrox – even though the pair split up following their eye-watering success.
Players have had the chance to work on their World Cup finishes with the Fortnite Championship Series - the next extension of the game's competitive scene. While it hasn't offered the eye-watering prize pool of the World Cup, it is still an opportunity for players to improve and earn a little extra cash while doing.
Thanks to the tracking of esportsEarnings, we can see which players have pocketed the most cash from their performances at tournaments, so far, as we look ahead to whatever Epic Games have in store for the competitive side of the battle royale following their winter royale duos event.
Fortnite's top 20 highest earners - Updated December 25, 2019
Earnings from Fortnite Creative tournaments are not counted towards players totals. Here's the top 20 creative players.
Noticeably, the amounts in this list are much lower than the general pro players who featured in the previous list, as there are less competitive tournaments taking place in the creative mode.
Fortnite's top 20 highest creative earners - Updated October 8, 2019
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This article was updated on December 25, 2019 at 05:11 pm (EST).