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Fortnite World Cup Shows Winners The Money
Chances are, at some point in your life there’s been a dumb old person who told you that playing video games won’t get you anywhere in life. Today, you have three people you can point to and tell that old dummy to shut their yap.
This weekend, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY, Epic Games went and brought a few more millionaires into the world at the Fortnite World Cup. Where usually one would find the greatest tennis players volleying for serve (that’s a tennis thing, right?), the biggest esports event yet showed the world that video games aren’t messing around.
Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen, 16, and David “aqua” Wang, 17, became the first Fortnite World Cup Finals duo champions, on Saturday, each of them entering a new tax bracket and likely never having to do chores again by taking home $1.5 million.
The European duo beat out the 98 other players by winning two of the six matches, beating out the second-place team of Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman and Dave “Rojo” Jong who will have to cry themselves to sleep with their paltry $1.25 million smackers each.
On Sunday, the Solo competition saw popular players Turner “Tfue” Tenney, Timothy “Bizzle” Miller, Cody “Clix” Conrod and Danny “Dubs” Walsh fall to 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.
Bugha – the first player to qualify for the World Cup Finals in the North American East Region back in April – came out swinging at the start of the day, raking up kills. After getting himself a Victory Royale in Game 1, Bugha kept his kill count high and came in second in Game 5, losing to Harrison “Psalm” Chang, who would end up taking second in the Solo Championship. Bugha came in 6th in the final round, but he already knew that the top spot for the day was his.
Bugha ended his weekend, and the Fortnite World Cup, with $3 million in his pocket. Psalm walked away with $1.8 million (the top four players in the Solo Championship all ended the day with over a million in winnings, so well done gang!).
Going into the weekend, Tfue was considered the safest bet for taking first, but his weekend was less than great. He placed 67th overall.
In the Pro-Am tournament, Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia and RL Grime (who Wikipedia tells is a producer of trap and bass music) took the top spot for the second time while Fish Fam won the creative tournament.
By all accounts, the first Fortnite World Cup was a major success, and we look forward to not qualifying next year.
FaZe Clan Gets An Ewok
This weekend, FaZe Clan welcomed its newest recruit, 13-year-old Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler. The announcement was made after Ewok, along with her teammate Jordan Fisher, placed 25th in the Fortnite World Cup Pro-Am tournament.
Wheeler’s rise in the Fortnite scene has come quick – she started streaming less than a year ago, and first gained attention when she eliminated Thang “SpaceLyon” Phanand in a match (the two are now teammates). Since March she has gained over 100,000 new followers, thanks in part to Timothy “TimTheTatman” John Betar, who hosted her channel.
Wheeler, who is deaf, has become a hero to hard of hearing gamers around the world, and her record of 65 victories and 1,335 so in Season 9 of Fortnite makes it clear that she’s going to be a major contender for years to come.
Misfits No More
Misfits Gaming expected to have a big year with their League of Legends team, but after failing to be a playoff contender in the spring and struggling through the summer, it became clear that the team needed some changes. For Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Kang “Gorilla” Beom-hyun, those changes mean that they will no longer be a part of the team.
sOAZ and GorillA, along with Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, joined Misfits at the start of the year as a plan to revamp the team. At first, this superteam seemed to be working as planned, but a few weeks into Spring Split, the wheels fell off the train, and the Misfits haven’t been able to recover, ending the series with an eighth-place finish.
With a 2-6 record in the LEC, Misfits Gaming made the bold choice to bench their starting team for week five and replace them with their academy team (which went 1-1 for the week). The release of sOAZ and Gorilla is the latest move to try and shake things up, and along with Febiven, Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian and Steven “Hans Sama” Liv are still on the Misfits bench, but they have to be a little nervous about their futures with the team.
Rick Fox Feels… Well, He Doesn’t Feel Good
As we reported earlier this week, Echo Fox is having a dickens of a year when it comes to not dealing with racist jerks. The troubles started in April when it came out that minority owner Amit Raizada was being all kinds of racist towards former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall and threatening the family of former LA Lakers player and Echo Fox head honcho Rick Fox. This news didn’t make Riot Games happy, and they demanded that either Raizada be removed from the mix or Echo Fox would lose their slot in the League of Legends Championship Series.
After being unable to remove Raizada by the deadline set by Riot, Echo Fox submitted a proposal to sell their slot to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. On the GG Podcast, Rick Fox said he “felt (BAD WORD) and completely bent over” by the proposal, leaving him “sad, numb, angry, disrespected and unappreciated”.
Nintendo Announced That They’ll Be Making a Super Smash Bros. Announcement This Week
Nintendo has announced that on July 30 they will make an announcement. That announcement will be a 22-minute Super Smash Bros. Ultimate video that will reveal the Hero from the Dragon Quest series and when said Hero will be available to download.
The announcement of the announcement was annonced on the Nintendo Versus Twitter account.
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