FORNITE is a cultural phenomenon — but it’s also made millionaires out of streamers and competitive players.
Whether it’s churning out content on Twitch and YouTube, or bringing home big wins at the Fortnite Cup, the following list of players have made life-changing sums of money from playing the game.
David “Aqua” Wang and Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen celebrate their win
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
Ninja is pretty much a household name now, following in the footsteps of PewDiePie before him.
A competitve player, he found fame streaming Fortnite battle royale on Twitch.
One of his breakout career highlights was a stream with Drake which saw more than 600,000 viewers flock to his channel, breaking the Twitch record for most concurrent views.
Ninja had a brief dalliance with YouTube but was lured back to Twitch with a multiyear deal.
He’s found a massive level of success over his 10-year career and his net worth is $40M (approx £30M).
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Kyle Giersdorf shot to fame after his 2019 Fortnite World Cup victory that net him $3M (approx £2.5M).
The Fortnite Cup that year featured one of the biggest prize pools seen in esports, weighing in at $30.4M.
Giersdorf was the Solo Champion and returned to form this year in the 2021 Fortnite FNCS Grand Royale.
Competing in the Trios event, he split the $285,000 prize money with his team.
As it stands, his net worth is estimated to sit around $4M (£2.9 approx.).
David “Aqua” Wang
David Wang is another winner from the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, competing in the Duos event.
The pro player entered the competition alongside Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen.
The pair split $3M down the middle, with Wang and Pedersen taking away $1.5M each (approx. £1.2M).
Wang has continued to play pro, and has amassed a net worth of around $1.9M (£1.6M).
Turner “Tfue” Tenney
Turner “Tfue” Tenney was amongst the names in the Twitch top earners leak.
He earned $5,295,582 between 2019 and 2021 from streaming on the platform, which is around £3,968,244.
His net worth is pegged at $6M (£4.49M) and while playing Fortnite and competing as a pro gamer helped build his fortune, he’s since moved on to other titles.
In fact, during a March 2021 stream, Tenney commented that a majority of the personalities who found fame with Fortnite had started streaming other games.
“The don’t need [Fortnite]. So why play a game that sucks. I could go back and play Fortnite and my views would probably be doubled.
“But if people are watching me play a game that I don’t enjoy, I don’t want them in my stream anyway.”
Tenney has left Fortnite behind permanently it seems!
Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman
Jaden Ashman was just 15 years-old when he came in second in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup.
Competing in Duos with his teammate Dave “Rojo” Jong, the pair won $2.25M (£1.9KM).
They split the prize money and Ashman went on to join British gaming brand Excel Esports.
Ashman made the Guinness World Records for becoming the youngest eports millionaire from a single tournament.
While not always seeing eye-to-eye with his mum over his gaming pre-competition, he says he plans to buy her a house and continue his pro gaming career.
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