With two weeks of the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers in the books, a lot of competitive Fortnite players are eyeing a big payday.
The Fortnite World Cup will offer $30 million in prizes, and that is not including the qualifiers which add on another $10 million more over all the different weeks.
The solo finals winner will take home an absurd $3 million outright. That prize will immediately catapult them to the top of the list of the highest earning Fortnite players.
In fact, it would immediately place them in the top ten across all esports titles, even if the winner had never won another dollar in a competitive event.
But the finals are still a few months away and the qualifiers, while not chump change, aren’t going to cause big changes in the leaderboard.
So here are the top 20 highest earning Fortnite players as of April 22nd, 2019.
All those statistics are provided by EsportsEarnings, a great site to play around with to see where the prize money in esports comes from.
Breaking down the leaderboard by organization, we have FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and Ghost Gaming who all have four players each. TSM has two, and the other six players are all on separate organizations.
Previous competitive Fortnite events were mostly invite-only which favored big names and organizations.
With the World Cup being purely open to whoever qualifies, we could see smaller esports organizations or unsigned players creep their way up these lists.
If a player is currently unsigned and has qualified for the World Cup, they better protect themselves when signing that contract.
We will update this article after July, to see just how much the World Cup changes these rankings.
Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming
Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.
Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.
Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.
In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”
Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.
Bizzle joins old teammates after split with Commandment & Clix
Bizzle, Clix, and Commandment have split as Bizzle rejoins Dubs and Megga.
There’s been a bit of shuffling in professional Fortnite trios over the past couple of days. The team of Bizzle, Commandment, and Clix has split, each going their separate ways. Bizzle joined his old partners, Megga and Dubs, While Commandment joined Edgey and Cented. For now, Clix is the only one of the three to not have a trio team.
This news comes after a rough server performance in a recent Trios tournament, which saw all of the players rubber-banding, lagging, and being lost in the storm with no way to get out. As Bizzle tweeted, the performance looked like one of the first Fortnite tournaments to exist.
Following this tournament, Commandment was the first to announce that he’d be leaving the team. Bizzle released a TwitLonger, stating that he’d be teaming back up with Megga and Dubs rather than looking for a third player to join him and Clix.
The TwitLonger also took aim at the current state of competitive Fortnite along with the server performance. “The Shockwave launcher disabled us from playing the way we were used to and crazy end game lag lead to a lot of thrown games. Every game we would have height, or outplay the team who had it and take it from them, and with the Shockwave launcher being in the game it completely ruined our play-style and attitude,” he wrote.
Despite the split, the three players appear to be on good terms with one another. Clix replied to Bizzle’s tweet, telling him that he’s the best player that Clix has played with.
The most interesting part of this situation is that Chap and Edgey called this split a few weeks back. The dueling trios were having a grief battle in pro scrims, leading to Chap telling his team and viewers, “I can’t wait for this trio to split.”
Edgey, who is ironically now teamed-up with Commandment, told Chap and Av that Bizzle and Clix would “snake each other for Dubs and Megga.” It may not have ended in any bad blood, but that’s essentially what happened.
Although the Season 3 FNCS is Solos, most of the pros prefer the Trios format, meaning that’s what we largely see in scrimmages. We’re also seeing several Trios tournaments and Cash Cups this season, so we’ll undoubtedly see the new teams hit Season 3 soon. Now, all that’s left is to see where Clix lands. Fellow NRG member UnknownArmy needs a team…
Fortnite pros vote on the greatest player of all-time
Who is the Fortnite GOAT? Find out what the pros think.
The topic of “the greatest Fortnite player of all time” is an inherently subjective one. We’ve seen several players make their claim for being in the conversation, and a single player has yet to completely dominate all versions of the game. Additionally, we’ve only had a handful of major Fortnite LAN events, which means most of the regions are stuck competing in their own bubbles.
The GOAT has also shifted over time. There was a period where Ninja was considered the best player. Myth had is day in the limelight, along with Tfue. Now, there’s a massive crop of young Fortnite pros who can all claim a ranking as one of the best players in the game.
Leven2k put this statistics to this subjective argument. He asked 60 of the best Fortnite players in the world who their GOAT was. He released that statistics on July 9.
Bugha is a must to include in any discussion about the best Fortnite player of all time. He is, after all, the first and only World Cup solo champion and has well over $3,000,000 in winnings – coming it at 7th with 1% of the votes.
Mongraal and MrSavage come in with 3% and 6% – both of which are considered among the best players in the EU region, and both duoed with BenjyFishy, who came in fourth with 8% of the votes.
After these names, we get into the meat of the survey. Zayt finished with 22% of the votes, which makes sense to those who have been following the entire story of competitive Fortnite. Zayt may be the single most consistent player in the game. He was there in the beginning and he’s still at the top of the heap, today.
Zayt might not be a major streamer like most of these other pros, but he put in the hours to remain relevant throughout all of the changes Fortnite has gone through.
One of the only other World Cup winners, Aqua, came in at number 2 with nearly $2 million in earnings, behind Mitr0 with over $700,000. Earnings doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Mitr0 has been one of the best performers since the World Cup.
Of course, these statistics are only a collection of opinions from some of the top players in the game. Who knows, we may see a completely different list a year from now. It’s safe to say, though, that these seven players deserve to be in the discussion.
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