American teenager Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million on Sunday after winning the top prize in a tournament in New York for the popular online video game Fortnite.
Playing under the name "Bugha," Giersdorf won the solo championships portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his nearest competitor "psalm," according to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, posted on the game's website.
"Words can't even explain it. I'm just so happy," Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, posted by planners on Twitter. He further added, "Everything I've done, the grind, it's all paid off. It's just insane."
In the game, users are dropped onto an island where they must search for weapons and other resources while eliminating other players -- all while trying to stay alive.
Launched in 2017, Fortnite's admiration has helped Epic Games reach a $15-billion-valuation last year. It vies with other games like Electronic Arts Inc's Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.