Sixteen-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf beat 99 other players at the Fortnite World Cup tournament in New York.
Giersdorf, who can text 1874 words a minute, won the solo event of the competition in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, which hosts the US Open tennis tournament. He’s now been safely reunited with his family which he had some difficulty recognising.
“Words can’t really explain it. I’m so happy,” Giersdorf told CNN. “Everything I’ve done in the grind has all paid off and it’s just insane.
“I trained hard for this. Fifteen hours a day in my room for six weeks; that’s really tough, man.”
CNN quizzed Giersdorf on what he intends to do with his winnings.
“It’s a really difficult decision, and I’m like not totally cool with it yet, but I’m thinking I just like need to leave my old life behind and move on…possibly downstairs.”
For a few days at least, Kyle Giersdorf isn’t going to be hassled for spending so much time playing video games.
Giersdorf revealed that he’s received 767,373 new friend requests following his victory.
“I’m like totally on a date with a girl next week. I’ve seen them on Fortnite so I know they exist. You can also find them on Tinder…fucking awesome.
“I’m thinking I’ll take her round the Island in my hamster wheel, pick up some serious hardware and then shoot loads of people in the face. Might get a pizza delivered later. Guess it’s back to my room then; she’ll probably want to check out my trophy, right?”