Fortnite Battle Royale may be a relatively new entry into the world of esports, but its prize pools have been absolutely massive. With $30 million given out at the Fortnite World Cup, let's take a look at the top 20 winningest pro players by prize money after one of the biggest tournaments esports has ever seen.
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.
Where previously Bizzle led with $518,250, 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 well over a million ahead of any other player in Fortnite.
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 Aquav2 and Nyhrox.
With the Fortnite World Cup now complete, many will of course look to what’s next for competitive Fortnite, but from that tournament alone many players have already secured life-changing amounts of money.
Thanks to the tracking of esportsEarnings, we can see which players have pocketed the most cash from their performances at tournaments, so far, ahead of the big event.
* Earnings from Fortnite Creative tournaments are not counted towards players totals. Here's the top 20 creative players.
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This article was updated on July 29, 2019 at 04:00 am (EST).