16 years old, Fortnite world champions and millionaires


The arena at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, where the Fortnite World Cup was held on July 28th.
The arena at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, where the Fortnite World Cup was held on July 28th. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

They are in their fifties, twenty or so at most, and have become millionaires, thanks to their exploits in an e-sports competition. Indeed, after three days of a grand mass broadcast live on social networks, the curtain fell on the video game world cup Fortnite, Sunday, July 28th. The publisher, Epic Games, did not skimp on the means, distributing $ 30 million in winnings to the winners of the various events.

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Fortnite is to be on an island with other players, the winner being the last survivor. As and when, the perimeter is reduced to accelerate the outcome of the game. Each player can find on the island weapons and building materials, which allow him to build structures to protect himself from the attacks of the competitors.

American Bugha celebrates his solo victory at the Fortnite World Cup on July 28 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
American Bugha celebrates his solo victory at the Fortnite World Cup on July 28 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

On Sunday, the American Bugha (the nickname of his online avatar, as for all players), created the sensation by winning the queen event, a solo tournament. At only 16, he pockets the passage 3 million dollars alone. Note also the presence in this competition of the two French, Skite and Nayte, who finish respectively 7e and 8e,with the same number of points.

Event in duo

The day before, Norwegian Emil Bergquist Pedersen, aka Nyhrox, and his Austrian partner Thomas Arnould, aka Aqua, were crowned first duo world champion video game Fortnite, with $ 3 million to the key. The two teenagers – also aged 16 – won two of the six matches in this first World Cup final in a duet, held in New York, and finished with the most points.

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Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould during their duet win at the Fortnite World Cup on July 27 in New York. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

" I do not know what to say. That's crazy ", said, each in their turn, the two winners, who will leave the event with each 1.5 million dollars (1.3 million euros). Visibly very close, the two partners have, twice, managed to position themselves above the other players in the very last moments of parts 4 and 5, which is regularly a decisive advantage. It is indeed possible to draw more easily on others "Gamers" lying below.

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With a total of 51 points, Nyhrox and Aqua beat another European pair, Dutchman Rojo and Briton Wolfiez (47 points), who also became millionaires on Saturday. David Jong, aka "Rojo", 21, and Jaden Ashman, aka "Wolfiez", 15, received $ 2.25 million in total, or $ 1.125 million each.

$ 100 million over a season

Over the entire season, which included ten weeks of qualifying and the final, Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite, will have dropped $ 100 million in price, never seen. One way to maintain the success of this game launched in July 2017 and the format "Battle Royale", in which we must eliminate the other players and remain the only survivor to win.

After the hot shot of 2018, who saw Fortnite generating some $ 300 million in sales in certain months, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, the pace has slowed somewhat, according to several sources. But the game has still crossed, at the beginning of the year, the threshold of 250 million players.

Beyond its community of gamers and the income it generates, the game has already transformed the video game industry. His free model with possibility to make purchases in the game called "freemium" "Has become the dominant economic model in video games", according to Jeremy Jackson, an analyst at Newzoo Law Firm.

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