Posted on July 30, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
We’re not talking about the FIFA Women’s World Cup – that was weeks ago. We’re talking about the Fortnite World Cup, which, if it taught us anything, it’s that we missed our calling as teenagers. Yes, actual TEENAGERS were taking home all kinds of prize money! Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who is represented by the Sentinels, is only 16 years-old and walked away with a cool $3M. Yes, that’s right. Someone who is barely old enough to drive is now a multi-millionaire thanks to surviving six matches of a video game. He wasn’t the only one to take home money though. The player who ended in fifth in the Solos competition, Thiago “King” Lapp took home $900k. Oh, and he’s only 13. THIRTEEN.
While we frown at the thought of our unpaid student loans, let’s focus on the highlight of the whole event – the venue itself. Arthur Ashe Stadium was transformed into an immersive Fortnite world for everyone in attendance. From branded Slurp Juice for the crowd to sip on, to an actual zipline and a Lazy Links mini-golf course, the folks at Epic Games really thought of everything to make fans feel like they were in the game. As we build our league to really change the game of football forever, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the game day experience will be like for the fans – both the ones in person at the venue and those that are streaming on their mobile devices. This is the FAN Controlled Football League (as if you needed any reminder), so we want to make sure the fans love every moment of it! Whether you hate tailgates or love seeing yourself featured on a jumbotron, let us know! We want to make this the experience YOU want!