The Fortnite World Cup 2019: Pros And Cons

Katie Kilberg D'Agostine


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Fortnite by Epic Games is a phenomenon in the video games industry. It was first released in 2017, and since that time the game gained a lot of fans and adopters across the world. And for its developers, Fortnite generated billions of dollars. Every year, the eager esports gamers organize the tournaments which anybody can watch but only a few best players can take part. These competitions have their own prize fund. The most popular is the Fortnite World Cup. This year, the tournament took place in New York City at the Artur Ashe Stadium from July 26 to July 28. The prize pool of the Fortnite World Cup was $30 million dollars. Who became a winner? And what are the best and the worst moments of the event? 

Pros: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf — A 16-year-old Boy Became a Millionaire

The Fortnite World Cup lasted just a couple of days. On Saturday there was a dual tournament where the team from Europe took the championship and grabbed the $3 million first-place prize. And the last day was about a solo competition. Previously, there were small tournaments where gamers from different corners of the world fought for the place in the final round. And the title of the best Fortnite player and the $3 million prizing pool won a 16-year boy with the nickname “Bugha”. Do not be surprised at his age. As the entry barrier of the championship is 13 years old, the average age of participants was 16. The oldest player was 24. From the beginning, Kyle Giersdorf showed incredible results and became the leader of the tournament. But why do we refer to his winning as one of the pros? 


Bugha is the boy that was known in small circles and nobody thought that he would become a champion. The clear favorites were Tfue and Timothy “Bizzle” Miller which, surprisingly, took 67th and 23rd place respectively. Before the tournament, Giersdorf qualified for Worlds week 1 in 1st place in NA. The boy even made the incredible break away from the player who took the second place — he managed to score twice as many points. On the Fortnite World Cup, he chose the aggressive gaming strategy and made the most total kills. Also, it was interesting to follow his tournament ups and downs. There was a time when he remained without building materials or weapons and with low health, but after that, Giersdorf made the excellent rotation and ended the game as an absolute winner.

Pros: The Gameplay That Keeps the Intrigue to the Last

The Fortnite World Cup 2019 gameplay

It is a common situation when the tournament is not interesting to follow because the gameplay is boring. And the Fortnite World Cup 2019 is not the case. There were a lot of exciting fights and moments. Of course, some annoying things also happened. For example, some players chose the strategy of sitting in towers, hiding from other players and doing nothing as long as possible. 

Overall, in spite of such moments, the gameplay was engaging and interesting to follow. Some people even lost their sense of time, and it was noisy at the stadium from the first minute of the tournament to the last. 

Cons: No Female Teams Among the Participants

The Fortnite World Cup shows that males dominate in the e-sport industry. Although the competition is the tournament anyone above the age 13 can qualify for regardless of gender and country of origin, in the Solo final there were no girls among 100 qualified players. Why did it happen? The reasons are rooted in video games history with the dominant role of men. 

The tournament’s qualifying process lasts 10 weeks. Firstly, you need to get access to take part in Fortnite World Cup Online Open competitions. For this, a player has to climb to the top of the leader board. Then, play in the Arena Mode to participate in the semi-final. And only after that, you will gain the opportunity to fight for the $1 million prizing pool and a chance to be invited to the Fortnite World Cup. And the number of women participants in those qualifying rounds was very small. But it is obvious that the situation is changing. First of all, the stadium was full of women who support their favorite players. This fact constantly showed that the girls’ interest in e-sport industry is growing. 

The Fortnite World Cup winners

Although no female players qualified for the main event (the Fortnite World Cup), several women’s teams and solo female players competed in the Celebrity Pro-Am. It is the tournament organized by Epic Games during the Fortnite’s Summer Block Party Event. This year, the competition took place in California on June 15 and 16, and it was the second year in a row that the company made this event. Among the participants was a 13-year-old girl — Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler who joined a Faze Clan team during the tournament. 

Another well-known female team which consists of four girls — Tina Perez, Hannah Reyes, Carlee Gress, and Madison Mann, was on the Artur Ashe Stadium but girls did not take part in the competition. After the event, Tina Perez shared her impressions with the journalists: “I never had [a female role model] growing up in the e-sports scene. I want to be the role model that I never had for these people.”

According to Epic Games developer, in March, the females accounted for only 35% of the total player Fortnite’s base. He also said that girls are fighting at the game’s high levels, but they do not compete in the large tournaments like the Fortnite World Cup. Overall, it is obvious that the fans want to see and support female teams in dual competitions or solo rounds.


The Fortnite World Cup 2019 was an incredible event with exciting fights, interesting gameplay, and engaged viewers. Сongratulations again, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf and the team of Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen and David “aqua” Wang! It was very hard to highlight the cons because the organization of the event was held at the highest level. The only con here is that no women took part in the tournament. Such events show that the interest in e-sport is rapidly growing from year to year, and more people begin to try their hand in the fight for the big prize. For example, it is estimated that nearly 1.3 million people watched the final on Twitch on Sunday, July 28. 

Moreover, half a million users streamed it via YouTube, and there were people who followed the tournament on Microsft’s streaming service — Mixer. An incredible number, isn’t it? Also, do not forget about the full stadium (23 000 seats). What about you? Do you like video games and follow the tournaments? Share with us in the comments below.