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Fortnite world champion duo win Dh5.5 million each

The video game's world finals were held in New York City

Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould react as they win a match during the Duos competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 27, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. AFP
Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould react as they win a match during the Duos competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 27, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. AFP

Gamers using the pseudonyms "Nyhrox" and "Aqua" became the first Fortnite world champions in the duo division in New York City on Saturday, winning $1.5 million (Dh5.5m) each.

Competitors gatheredto determine who is top dog at the battle-royale game, which has become an international phenomenon since launching in 2017.

The pair won games four and five out of a total of six in the first-ever Fortnite World Cup Finals, and finished with the most points.

Jul 27, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; The family of aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
The families of Aqua and Nyhrox celebrate after winning the duos finals at the Fortnite World Cup Finals e-sports event at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dennis Schneidler / USA Today Sports

"I don't know what to say. It's crazy," both of the young competitors said, one after the other.

In the game, users are dropped on to an island where they must search for weapons and other resources while eliminating other players, all while trying to stay alive.

There are two divisions at the tournament, solo and duo.

Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen (L) and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould pose with their trophies after winning the Duos competition during the 2019 Fortnite World Cup on July 27, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. / AFP / Johannes EISELE
Emil "Nyhrox" Bergquist Pedersen and Thomas "Aqua" Arnould pose with their trophies after winning the Duos competition during the 2019 Fortnite World Cup on July 27, 2019. AFP

With 51 points, Nyhrox and Aqua beat runners-up Rojo and Wolfiez, who scored 47 points and also became millionaires, earning $1.125m each.

Fortnite did not release any of the players' real names or ages. The game is wildly popular with teenage boys.

Epic Games, Fortnite's creators, spent $100m on the inaugural event, including staging 10 weeks of qualifying culminating in this weekend's tournament.

Every competitor is guaranteed to leave the competition, held at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which also hosts the US Open tennis, with $50,000. Fortnite, which is free to play, has 250 million users worldwide.

Updated: July 28, 2019 12:44 PM

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