Bugha, Ewok, more named on prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Games list

Published: 4/Dec/2019 2:02

by Andrew Amos


Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf and FaZe Clan member Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler headline the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Games list for 2020, recognizing young adults breaking ground in the esports and gaming industry.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which started up in 2011, is one of the most prestigious awards in any industry. 600 people across 20 industries in the US and Canada receive honors each year, including 30 individuals from the gaming industry.  

Names like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and Jacky ‘Stewie2k’ Yip have made the list in previous years. Their 2020 awards recognize some of the youngest rising stars of the industry, including Bugha and Ewok, as well as some older faces making waves once again.

Epic GamesBugha headlines the Forbes 30 Under 30 Games list for 2020.

Bugha, the Fortnite World Cup 2019 solos champion, stands atop of the list as one of the most recognizable names in esports. 

“A high school junior, Bugha qualified for the Fortnite World Cup Finals from a field of 40 million and went on to beat 99 players at Queens’ Arthur Ashe Stadium to become the esports’ first solo champion, taking home $3 million in prize money,” wrote Forbes. 

Ewok’s explosive rise in 2019 also gave her a nod on the list. The deaf Fortnite streamer burst onto the scene after Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar hosted the 14-year-old star in May, and she’s now one of the most influential members of the community.

Twitter: FaZe ClanEwok is the youngest member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 2020 Games list.

“Wheeler, who is deaf and plays under the name Ewok, participated in the Fortnite World Cup and has more than a quarter of a million followers on streaming platform Twitch,” wrote Forbes. “This fall, she joined Microsoft’s Mixer to stream exclusively.”

Alongside Bugha and Ewok is Nick ‘Nick Eh 30’ Amyoony. The family-friendly content creator has become one of the most marketable people on Twitch, nailing down massive brand deals.

“Amyoony is a professional streamer best known for his Fortnite gameplay and family-friendly content,” wrote Forbes. “Amazon’s Twitch this summer signed him away from YouTube, where he was one of the platforms top streamers with 4.7 million subscribers. Amyoony has partnered with brands like Axe, Amazon Studios and Electronic Arts.”

YouTube: The Game AwardsSonicfox won titles at EVO 2019 before being listed on Forbes 30 Under 30.

Fighting game professional Dominique ‘Sonicfox’ McLean was recognized for their efforts to increase inclusivity in esports, all while dominating multiple titles across the genre.

“They won five championships at EVO and were voted Best Esports Player at the 2018 Game Awards,” wrote Forbes. “McLean is very open about being queer, nonbinary and part of the furry community. Known for their sportsmanship, they donated $10,000 to an opponent’s father’s cancer treatment.”

Rumay ‘Hafu’ Wang rounds out the group of streamers and pro players named on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Games list. The G2 Esports Teamfight Tactics pro was recognized for her numerous wins across the Riot Games autobattler and Hearthstone.

Twitter: G2 EsportsHafu has been a professional player for seven years.

“She has nearly 800,000 followers on Twitch and has won multiple Major League Gaming events,” wrote Forbes. “In June, she was announced as the number one Teamfight Tactics player during the newly released game mode’s beta phase.”

With games like Fortnite taking over the mainstream, and streamers getting deals in the millions of dollars, the esports and gaming industry has slowly entered the spotlight. 

As the industry continues to grow, more personalities will be recognized for the efforts and highlighted as ground breakers in gaming.

Check out the full Forbes 30 Under 30 2020 Gaming list below.

Forbes 30 Under 30 2020 Games list

  • Kezia Adamo, Programmer at StudioMDHR
  • Nick ‘Nick Eh 30’ Amyoony, Player and Streamer
  • Brent Batas and Julian Gari, Co-founders of AutoAttack Games
  • Joseph Bentley, Head of Beyond Entertainment
  • Justin Britch, Head of Development at Obsidian Entertainment
  • Maxx Burman, Co-founder of KitBash3d
  • Bonnie Burton, Producer at Bungie
  • Rebecca Ford, Community Director at Digital Extremes
  • Lauren Gaba Flanagan, Co-founder at Theorycraft
  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, Player for Sentinels
  • Renee Gittins, Executive Director at IGDA
  • Richard Henkel, Product Lead at Riot Games
  • Kyle Holdwick, Senior Gameplay Engineer at thatgamecompany
  • Mary Kenney, Writer at Insomniac Games
  • Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO of Evil Geniuses
  • Keizac Lee, Partner at Kowloon Nights
  • Dominique ‘Sonicfox’ McLean, Player for Echo Fox
  • Shayna Moon, Associate Producer at Santa Monica Studio
  • Spencer Perreault, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft
  • Stephen Ellis and David Steinberg, Co-founders of Pipeline
  • Jasmine Roberts, Creative Technologist at Google Creative Lab
  • Sam Rosenthal, Founder of The Game Band
  • Ketaki Shriram, Co-founder of Krikey
  • Justin Stander, Founder of Askiisoft
  • James Sun, Senior Product Manager at Twitch
  • Hanako Tjia, Agent at UTA
  • Rumay ‘Hafu’ Wang, Player for G2 Esports
  • Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler, Player for FaZe Clan
  • Carrie Witt, Art Director at Owlchemy Labs
  • Zhenghua Yang, Founder of Serenity Forge

Relive the Fortnite Galactus live event: full replay, HD images, recap

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:20 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 23:34

by Tanner Pierce


Fortnite’s Galactus Nexus War finale event is finally over and it was packed full of a ton of Marvel-themed content. Here’s what went down during the insanely hyped event that closed off Season 4 of the popular game.

For a while now, Epic Games, Marvel, and the Fortnite community have been hyping up a brand new event to close out Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite. Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, had been slowly inching his way towards the island all season and on December 1, 2020, he finally arrived.

But what happened once he finally showed up to the Fortnite island? Did players have to fight him like we originally thought? Here’s what you need to know about what went down during the Nexus War finale event in case you missed it.

Fortnite Galactus Nexus War finale event recap

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Galactus wasted no time in destroying the Helicarrier at the start of the event.

All in all, the event itself was pretty short, clocking in at a little over 10 minutes when all was said and done. Still, there was a ton that happened during that span.

Once the in-game timer reached zero, the giant Galactus made his final push to the island. After declaring that he hungered, he destroyed the Helicarrier starting location with ease, sending you and all the other players flying across the sky.

Fortunately, Iron Man-himself flew in as you got close to hitting the ground, handing you a jetpack and telling you that it’s time to stop Galactus. Before you had a chance to do anything, however, the massive villain started consuming Zero Point, which started a “full reality collapse”.

After being transported by Iron Man, you reappeared, in first-person, inside of a Battle Bus decked out in weaponry and explosives. From that point on, your goal was to fly the Buses into Galactus and have him consume them, which ultimately sent him back to “where he came from.”

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In order to defeat Galactus, players had to drive Battle Buses decked out in weaponry and explosives towards the villain so that he would consume it.

A few Marvel characters even made small appearances, including Thor himself (who was one of the main characters this season) and even Wolverine, who helped you in the fight against Galactus.

After finally destroying a plethora of drones and getting close enough, Galactus got sent back to where he came from, you were teleported away to safety, and the event ended.

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Players were joined by both Thor and Wolverine during the event, who helped in taking down Galactus.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Marvel if there wasn’t a “post-credits scene.” After the event was over and Galactus got taken care of, players got a shot of Jonesy in his office, who wakes up suddenly before the screen says that the story is to be continued in Season 5.

Re-watch the entire Fortnite Galactus event

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to catch a re-run of the event inside of Fortnite itself, it seems like that’s not going to be possible. Epic Games has confirmed that it was a “one-time-only” event so if you missed out, you won’t be able to experience it again in-game.

However, we did record the entire experience, so can rewatch it as many times as you want:

What’s next?

Now that the Galactus event is over, Epic Games have confirmed that the Season 5 update will be released at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, with the downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans will get to see what the devs have in store for them to enjoy!