CNN – While the two teenagers in Europe released their mice and took their hands off the keyboard, they looked incredulous: they had just won $ 3 million playing a video game.
Players have flown around the world to compete in the first Fortnite World Cup, a major sporting event at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York with $ 30 million in cash prizes. The epic tournament will determine the best Fortnite solo player this year on Sunday and has already found the best duo team this year.
Fortnite is a game that involves 100 players who fall on a virtual island and fight to be the last one standing, while a storm of drainage of health points looming in the background.
Aqua, 17, and Nyhrox, 16, experienced that storm.
Fans and broadcasters were stunned on Saturday night when Aqua and Nyhrox, two from below, beat 49 other teams, many from larger and more funded organizations.
Aqua is from Austria and his real name is David Wang. Nyhrox is from Norway and his real name is Emil Bergquist Pedersen. Nor were fans favorites to win the duo championship, and they have the support of a smaller esports organization called Cooler Esport based in Europe.
"I will remember this moment for the rest of my life," Nyhrox told CNN Business. He said he will save and invest his money, but he will also update his game settings so he can "start streaming and upload videos on YouTube."
Aqua echoed her teammate's feelings: "Everything is amazing and I really can't believe all this really happened." He said he planned to get a new PC with the money.
The duo won consecutive rounds as the final survivor in a frantic confrontation against other professionals. Those two rounds not only gave them twenty points in total, but also managed to secure many deaths throughout the tournament, increasing their final score to 51 points. It was a small margin, but enough to earn them the $ 3 million to be divided.
Following the announcement of the winners, their social media accounts began to explode with a growing number of followers and I like it. The tweets began to go viral. This is crazy @nyhrox, Aqua tweeted, spelling "creizy".
"Nyhrox and Aqua are good players, but not many people made them go that far … it was expected that almost all teams would get better results than the team that won." said Rod Breslau, sports and games consultant. "All this makes for a good esports story."
"I had never heard of Aqua and Nyhrox, so I was surprised," said MRKN Kawzmik, a 14-year-old professional player who competes in Sunday's solo finals. His real name is Kevin Tellez-Torres.
The second place winners, Rojo and Wolfiez, take home $ 2,250,000. In fact, the four main duos are dividing prizes of one million dollars. Wolfiez remarkably uses a controller, compared to most players who play with a mouse and keyboard, which is traditionally considered more accurate.
The average age of Saturday's competition was 16 years, according to an announcer.
Mongraal and Mitro, as well as Megga and Dubs, are backed by FaZe Clan, one of the best-known esports organizations. Many expected them to be higher, but both teams were still in the top ten. While they played a strong game during the six rounds, they could not secure any victory and did not get enough murders.
Megga took Twitter to reassure fans: "I got 7th [today] I know I can leave tomorrow. "He is dividing $ 375,000 with Dubs.
Other favorites also did not cut. Airwaks, which won the professional vs. amateur event on Friday, told CNN Business that it was annoyed at not having a better performance on Saturday. "Competing today was not a problem," he said, "but I am really unhappy with today's result." He finished in 29th place with his partner, Nikof. He tweeted, "I'm sorry," with a sad emoji, but promised to "come back stronger."
It was not all for nothing. Everyone who competed on Saturday won at least $ 50,000 just for qualifying for the final, even those who were last.
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