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By now, even non-gamers have heard about Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. He’s the 16-year-old kid who bested the competition to win an incredible 3 Million dollar prize last weekend at the Fortnite World Cup in New York City. The Fortnite World Cup Finals, put on by Fortnite creators Epic Games, is receiving a ton of press for their overall prize pool of 30 Million dollars and for turning teens like Bugha into millionaires overnight.
To illustrate that point, Bugha, who described most of his days as “waking up at about noon, having a banana, and playing video games” in this Jimmy Fallon clip (below) on Monday night went on to talk about his new-found winnings, which for comparison are 1 Million dollars more than Tiger Wood’s top prize at this year’s Masters Tournament 💰💰💰.
Although Bugha took home the top prize at the Fortnite World Cup, when it comes to YouTube, his Subscriber count remains relatively small for an elite gamer at 314,000 Subs (with a similarly small audience on Twitch – at the time this article was written).
If the world champion is not among the Top YouTube gamers playing Fortnite…who is?
To answer that question, we pulled the Fortnite Topic from VideoAmigo – a Topic which has nearly 45 Thousand Channels and 75 Billion Views. In that Topic, the top channels are…
What is interesting here is that NONE of these top channels had a gamer place in the mega-money.
With many of the Top YouTube gamers biting the dust…Which Top Fortnite YouTuber benefited the most from the World Cup? The answer might surprise you.
The Fortnite channel for the game itself was the winner here and they did it by retaining the exclusive rights to the Tournament’s broadcast. Where many organizations would sell the rights on an event of this magnitude to a network like ESPN, by keeping the broadcast to Fortnite’s YouTube channel, they received an enormous boost in viewers and grew their channel by hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Growth Story Teller, a free tool from VideoAmigo, illustrates exactly how much their channel grew in views and in subscribers in the images below. (Note the event took place in the last recorded bar to the right of each chart.)
The chart directly below shows the view growth for Fortnite increasing by roughly 20 Million Views as the growth percentage jumps up dramatically.
This chart below shows the subscriber bump of almost 600,000 and again shows the rate of growth increase sharply.
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What was your favorite moment of the Fortnite World Cup?
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