Fortnite World Cup: Bugha wins US$3 million as solo final champion

Kyle Giersdorf, a 16-year-old who goes by the gaming moniker of Bugha, has won the Fortnite World Cup solo finals and claimed its prize of US$3 million (NZ$4.52m).

It's the largest single prize total awarded in esports history and is part of the competition's total prize pool of US$30 million (NZ$45.2m).

Bugha won with a total of 59 points, which is a considerable lead on Psalm in second place with 33 points and Epikwhale in third with 32.

"Words can't even explain it right now, I'm just so happy," Bugha said in a post-match interview.

"Everything I've done, the grind, it's all paid off."

Twenty-three of Bugha's winning 59 points came from eliminating other players.

Unlike many esports competitors, he smiled and laughed while playing in the high stakes games - something that was highlighted by the excited commentators.

The Fortnite World Cup solo finals took place over six rounds at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

In each round, players earned 10 points for a win ('Victory Royale'), while second through fifth place landed them seven points, sixth through 10th earned five points, 11th through 15th scored three points, and eliminations were worth one point each.

The World Cup is the concluding event in a US$100 million inaugural 2018-2019 competitive season.

A duo of New Zealanders competed in the event and came last in their division, but still walked away with US$50,000 (NZ$76,350) each. 

Three other Kiwis competed in the event.