Dublin teenager wins $50K in one of worlds biggest eSports events

by Padraig Conlon

A 17 year old Dubliner is celebrating this morning after winning $50,000 in a US gaming competition.

Teenager Joshua Juliano competed against 99 other professional video-gamers to win a share of the $30 million prize pool at the Fortnite World Cup in New York.

The young Dubliner finished 58th out of 100 gamers battling to claim the top prize.

Fortnite is a colourful shooting game where 100 players fight it out across a large map while building structures and collecting weapons with the winner being the last one standing.

Speaking to RTE Radio One this morning, Joshua said: “At the moment, I kind of feel disappointed in how I performed but I’m still really happy that I got to play against the top best 100 players in the world.

“Since I placed 58th, I got $50,000, if you placed in the top 20, you get…$112k and it just goes up from there and the top one is $3million.

“I’ve been playing Fortnite for over a year now.

“I just saw the game online and I wanted to play it with my friends and we loved the game and I started getting better.”

Up to 40 million players competed online for a chance to play in the cup, but only 100 made the cut to compete at the Arthur Ashe Stadium over the weekend.

By reaching the top 100, Joshua was guaranteed to come home with $50,000.

The top prize was was won by “Bugha” (AKA Kyle Giersdorf), a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania in the United States.

The players who finished second, third and fourth also became millionaires.

Fortnite: Battle Royale has become one of the most popular video games in the world since its launch in 2017 with more than 250 million players worldwide.

The World Cup represents the title’s entry into the lucrative world of professional games tournament circuits, where revenues are set to pass $1 billion this year, due to increasing sponsorship, advertising and broadcast rights.

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