One of the top professional Fortnite players in the world, Bugha, is looking for a new squad for the Fortnite Champion Series.
Fortnite fans everywhere know the name Bugha. He was the winner of the first Fortnite World Cup solo competition, winning $3,000,000 and exploding in popularity.
Since then, the streamer and pro player went on to appear on late-night shows and exponentially grow his Twitch following. It would seem, however, that this following has caused some friction with his now-former squad for the upcoming Fortnite Champion Series.
Bugha moves on
On October 21, Bugha tweeted that he was looking for a new FCS squad; one that was comfortable with streaming. This news marks his split from his squad of Stretched, Saf, and Zayt.
The split is likey a completely amicable one. There’s an obvious reason why Saf, Stretched, and Zayt don’t want to stream the FCS. Streaming makes playing in open qualifiers much more challenging. For them, streaming isn’t worth costing placement spots.
On the other hand, it’s probably the right move for Bugha to continue to stream his matches. Bugha won the Solo World Cup competition and $3,000,000 in the process, but he came home with more than that. He came back to stability.
Winning eSports competitions can be irregular and frustrating. Streaming, though, provides stability. There’s a reason that Shroud quit playing professionally to focus on his stream. The latter provides much more long-term potential.
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Bugha came home to tens of thousands of new viewers, many of which stuck around and have become a part of his community. The unfortunate reality of eSports success is that when a player gets popular enough, they often become a streamer first and a competitor second – no matter how skilled they are.
There’s no question as to whether or not Bugha will find a new home with a new squad. He and the boys will likely be on one of the top teams in the NA East region.
We’ll have to wait and see how this high-profile free agent shakes up the rest of the competitive Fortnite landscape.