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Wimbledon champ won less than Fortnite's grand prize winner: how other games compare

Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf, a 16-year-old from the US, took home the top prize at the Fortnite World Cup

Bugha celebrates his win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Reuters
Bugha celebrates his win as the first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Reuters

With the rise of major eSport events across the globe, prize money is increasing too.

This week, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, a 16 year-old from the US, took home the $3 million (Dh11m) grand prize at the Fortnite World Cup, the largest-ever payout for a single player in an eSports tournament.

The creators of Fortnite, Epic Games, spent $100m on the inaugural event. Forty million players attempted to qualify for the tournament over 10 weeks of online competition. In the end, 100 players battled it out on giant screens in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, with every competitor guaranteed to leave the competition with $50,000.

Fortnite, which is free to play, has 250 million users worldwide.

In this graphic, we look at how the Fortnite individual championship purse compares to some of sports' most prestigious titles.

Updated: July 30, 2019 05:06 PM

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