16-year-old Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf wins Fortnite World Cup, takes home $3 million prize

When Kyle Giersdorf first picked up his controller, he was one of 40 million competitors in the game.

On Sunday, the 16-year-old walked away the champion.

Giersdorf — or “Bugha” — won the Fortnite World Cup on Sunday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, and brought home a $3 million prize.

Giersdorf kicked off his afternoon with a win in the first game, picking up nine eliminations right off the bat. By the sixth and final game, he had mounted a 15 point lead behind 18 kills and cruised to the 26-point win.

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The stadium is seen after of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 28, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 28: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf celebrates winning Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: General view of the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Final Round at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: General view as DJ Marshmello performs at the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Final Round at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: DJ Marshmello performs at the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Final Round at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: DJ Marshmello performs at the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Final Round at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
A woman dressed as a Fortnite character gives a high five during the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 28, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bugha (R-2nd from Bottom) of the US is seen on a TV screen during the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 28, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bugha of the US celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 28, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
A fan reacts during the final seconds of the Duos competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 27, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
A person dressed as a Fortnite character reacts during the final seconds of the Duos competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 27, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen (L) and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould pose with their trophies after winning the Duos competition during the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals - Round Two, on July 27, 2019, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Fans attend day two of the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 27, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 27: Tyler "Ninja" Blevins waves to a crowdmember druing day two of the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 27, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - JULY 26: A cast of characters pose at the Fortnite World Cup at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 26, 2019 in Queens, New York City. (Photo by Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - JULY 26: FaZe Clan talking with the media on first day of Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 26, 2019 in Queens, New York City. (Photo by Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - JULY 26: FaZeClan "Cizzorz" onstage at Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 26, 2019 in Queens, New York City. (Photo by Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Fans dressed in costume attend day one of the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 26, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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“The first game, the nerves were a little bit there,” Giersdorf said, via ESPN. “But after that I eased in and realized that I could really take this home if I focused up.”

Epic Games, the company behind the video game, awarded more than $40 million in prizes throughout the tournament. The top 100 players who advanced out of the initial field of 40 million advanced to the finals on site in New York.

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