These 8 pro gamers became instant millionaires at the 'Fortnite' World Cup this past weekend, and the biggest winner is just 16 years old
- The first ever "Fortnite" World Cup championship took place over the weekend in New York City's iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium.
- By the end of the three-day event, nearly 10 gamers - many of them, if not most, teenagers - had become millionaires.
- The highest prize, $3 million, went to a 16-year-old who won the Solos tournament.
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"Fortnite" isn't just the biggest game in the world - it's also a vehicle for turning gamers into instant millionaires.
Look no further than this past weekend's first-ever "Fortnite" World Cup for proof of that: The event turned eight pro gamers into instant millionaires, and the biggest winner was only 16 years old. A whole mess of other players, many of them also teenagers, also made hundreds of thousands of dollars as runners-up in the $30 million prize pool.
Here are the biggest winners:
1. 16-year-old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf took first place in the solo queue, taking home $3 million as a result.
2. Harrison "Psalm" Chang took second place in solo, which got him $1.8 million. At the age of 24, he was one of the few non-teens in contention for the top prizes.
3. The winning pair of duos players, Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen (left) and David "Aqua" Wang (right), took home $1.5 million apiece for their win.
4. Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton took home $1.2 million for taking third place in solos.
5. Dave "Rojo" Jong and Jaden "Wolfiez" Ashman took home $1,125,000 each for taking second place in duos.
6. Nate "Kreo" Kou took home $1,050,000 for placing fourth in the solos queue.
Beyond that, runners up took home hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece. Even the first place winning team in "Creative" mode — a totally separate game from the standard "Battle Royale" mode of "Fortnite" — took home $1,345,000 as a group of four.
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