Fortnite World Cup: The $3 Million Underdog Champions.

July 27, 2019: Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen (L) and David “Aqua” Wang (R) posing with the Fortnite World Cup trophies as your 2019 winners. (Photo by Sarah Stier/ Getty Images).

Miguel Orellana, Aletis Sports Writer

As one of the top games to play, Fortnite continues to grow with the inaugural 2019 Fortnite World Cup. The festivities were held in New York at the famous Arthur Ashe tennis stadium, the weekend of July 26 – July 28, 2019. Players from all over the globe have traveled to compete in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup that was loaded with $30 million in cash prizes.

Fortnite, a 100-player free-for-all game has revolutionized the gaming industry by its unique style of game mode. The last player who can survive the storm and all 99 other enemies, wins. Sounds easy right? By a play of PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Switch and different game modes, millions of gamers played weeks to earn a spot in the Fortnite World Cup by earning points throughout the process.

European duo, Aqua, and Nyhrox may I mention who are not sponsored by any major organizations are the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Champions. The European’s cashed out at $3 million in winnings that will be split between the winning duo.  They are supported by a smaller Esports organization known as Cooler Esport from Europe. David “Aqua” Wang from Austria is only 17 years old and his Norwegian partner, Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen is 16 years old.

The second-place duo made of Rojo and Wolfiez took home $2.25 million to be split. With professional players dominating Esports it’s easy to overlook underdogs like Aqua and Nyhrox. Faze Clan professional players Megga and Dubs we’re expected to place high or even win but came up short. They still reached the top ten and split $375,000 in winnings. Airwaks, the Fortnite Pro-AM champion which took place Friday, July 26, 2019, also was a favorite to come up big but fell short with his partner Nikof. Everyone was a winner this weekend, anyone who qualified received $50,000, even last place. What appreciation Epic Games has for its loyal gamers and Fortnite brand.

In an era where Esports keeps growing with better-funded or larger organizations, comes two European teens to sweep the competition for the win. The duo won back to back rounds to seal the deal and knock out 49 other professionals to claim the throne as champs. Briefly, after the win, CNN Business caught up with Nyhrox and stated, “I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life”. Aqua then told CNN Business, “Everything is amazing, and I can’t believe that this all happened”.

What’s next for Fortnite? Season 10 is around the corner and expected to be out by August 1st. Again, the cost of season 10 will be 950 v-bucks. After a successful Fortnite World Cup weekend it’s safe to say that Epic is keeping Fortnite alive and now rewarding its community through cash prize competitions like the Fortnite World Cup.

We know that Esports is booming and it has not even reached its peak yet. In 2017, we seen Dota 2 have a total prize pool of $24 million. This past weekend we seen Fortnite have a total prize pool of $30 million. These are astonishing numbers considering gaming was never a popular sport or even recognized as a sport. Gaming is taking off and in a number of ways that speaks volume through views, content creation, and wins at competitions.

References

Liao. S. (2019, July 28). Fortnite World Cup: Here are the surprise winners of the $3 million duo championship. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/business/duo-winners-fortnite-world-cup/index.html 

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