Fortnite World Cup Champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was able to add another couple of pieces of silverware to his ever-growing trophy cabinet at the Esports Awards.
While competitive Fortnite fans may have known Bugha prior to his success at the World Cup in the solos event, it was that win that helped propel him into the mainstream.
The 16-year-old appeared on late-night television shows to celebrate his victory, but he’s returned to playing Fortnite ever since the life-changing tournament.
There haven’t been any LAN events since the World Cup, but Bugha has been hard at work in the Fortnite Championship Series. Yet, he had to take a small break from the game to claim two awards celebrating his success.
The popular Fortnite professional scooped up the Esports PC Player of the Year and PC Rookie of the Year at the prestigious Esports Awards on November 16, noting how “incredible” it was.
Before thanking everyone for helping him reach his goal, the Sentinels player said: “This is an honor. Just to think, about a year ago I couldn’t even compete because of my age, to now receiving an award for it is incredible.”
However, when he went back up to receive the second of his two awards on the night, it wasn’t as smooth sailing.
After being wowed by his win, Bugha had to be reminded to pick the trophy up as he hilariously almost left it on the stage while walking away.
Seeing as many of his fans couldn’t be in the arena to celebrate with him there and then, the Fortnite star issued a thank you message once everything was said and done.
“I just want to say thank you for all the support and for everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate it,” he said, with a smile plastered on his face.
With nothing as major as the World Cup on the horizon, Bugha’s next aim will be grabbing success in the FNCS – but with such a stacked field, and it being a squad event rather than solo, he’ll need a little help from his friends.