As a father, seeing your child achieve even the most basic victory can often be cause for celebration. Now imagine your 13-year-old just cleared almost a million dollars, and did it all while playing a video game.
That was the situation that played out on Sunday at the Fortnite World Cup Solo Finals hosted at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Over 40 million players around the world tried to qualify as one of the top 100 to be invited to compete. As one of the youngest players in the tournament, Thiago ‘King’ Lapp played his heart out, finishing in 5th place overall. While a fifth-place finish may not be what any gamer sets out to achieve, chances are ‘King’ is just fine with this one.
— Fortnite News (@FortniteBR) July 28, 2019
Thanks to his aggressive play against other top gamers — many of whom are sponsored professionals — ‘King’ was able to lock down a life-changing payday of $900,000. Not too shabby for a kid from Argentina who still can’t drive. Players and viewers everywhere quickly chimed in proclaiming their newly found fandom.
King is my new fav fortnite player. Kids an absolute savage.
— Matty (@eMattCraig) July 28, 2019
13 year old King coming away with $900,000.
That's a madness. Fortnite out here changing lives.
— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) July 28, 2019
Clips of King’s impressive run have been viewed by thousands, both inside the gaming community as well as those who are now kicking themselves for not focusing more on video games when they had the chance. But King’s biggest supporter, his father, was spotted congratulating the triumphant teen in a clip that surfaced shortly after. You can hear the proud dad saying “todo tuyo,” which in English, translates to “all yours.”
— Davo (@ByDavo121) July 28, 2019
While his story is incredible, the young phenom is just one of several teens who raked in huge sums this weekend. 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf took home first place and an insane $3 million check. This graphic puts that number into perspective:
— Fortnite News (@FortniteBR) July 29, 2019
Over $30 million was up for grabs in this event alone, with an even larger pool already announced for a tournament taking place in September. While some have voiced concerns about how addictive the game can be, chances are Fortnite and other similar games will only continue to rise in popularity thanks to events like these.
And while some players cash in from victories, others are using the game to fundraise for a good cause.