Fortnite winner Kyle 'Bugha' shows off his trophy in the tonight show
Bugha, who recently won a cash prize of $3 million by winning the Fortnite world cup championship has been going trending on the news and every other platform. This 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf stopped by The tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his win in the championship.
Despite his newfound fame, the teenager comes off as charming and humble, taking Fallon through his daily routine of Fortnite practice. Bugha also reveals the origins of his handle — it was a childhood nickname from his grandfather — and Fallon gets a chance to confirm that the Battle Bus trophy is, indeed, quite heavy.
Like this last year also Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby stopped by The Tonight Show with the Stanley Cup, for instance — but it’s still relatively new ground for e-sports. Despite giant prize pools and large viewership numbers online, competitive gaming still struggles to gain mainstream acceptance.
With the global popularity of Fortnite and the scale of the World Cup Finals — it took place in a 23,000-seat tennis stadium and featured a $30 million prize pool — Epic’s recent tournament was arguably the largest competitive gaming competition to date, and it has subsequently made plenty of headlines.
You can watch the full video of Bugha’s appearance on The Tonight Show below.