US teenager wins $3million after taking the top prize in a tournament for popular online video game Fortnite.

Kyle Giersdorf, 16, from Pennsylvania, was one of at least 100 players competing for $30million in total prize money, as the booming popularity of video and online games has drawn top-dollar investments and fueled the emerging professional sport.

Playing under the name ‘Bugha,’ Giersdorf won the solo finals portion of the Fortnite World Cup by scoring 59 points, 26 more than his nearest competitor ‘psalm,’ according to the Fortnite World Cup Leaderboard, posted on the game’s website.

‘Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy,’ Giersdorf said in an interview at the event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, posted by organizers on Twitter.

‘Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.’

A 15-year-old British teen from Essex took home more than $1million after he and his Dutch partner won the duos section.

Jaden Ashman, from Essex, will split $2.25million (£1.8 million) with partner Dave Jong.

Jaden told the BBC: ‘Me and my mum, we clash quite a lot. Like, she didn’t understand how it worked, so she thought that I was spending eight hours a day in my room just wasting my time.

‘So now that I’ve proved to her that I can do stuff, I’m really happy.’

His mother, Lisa Dallman, told the BBC: ‘If I’m honest with you I’ve been quite against him gaming. I’ve been more pushing him to his schoolwork.

‘I’ve actually thrown an XBox out, snapped a headset, we’ve had a nightmare.

It seems letting the kids play video games can pay off in the long run. (Still a NO from me, sorry!)

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  • Mine are too young but I think there would be more time wasted than money made.

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  • That’s a lot of money for a Young child wow that’s unbelievable.

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  • How much money did he spend to win that large a prize? How many who play the game have huge gambling debts?

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  • My boys have never been interested in gaming so it wasn’t an issue for me. It’s okay to play but not to the detriment of your education or work.

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  • My son 6 loves fornite and so does Hubby, I have to admit I’m not a huge fan, but they don’t play it for hours on end

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  • Thankfully, my son was never interested in Fortnite and has outgrown gaming.

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  • I think my child is to young to be playing video games.

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  • Wow what a massive prize. I wouldn’t mind being that good I could become a millionaire from it. Not my kind of game though. Lucky young man!

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  • Not a gamer myself but maybe I should be. Hope he invests well.

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  • so those hours and hours of playing games paid off for this teenager, but how does he fair in the real world, no did not let my son play online gamine we could not afford the cost of extra data anyway.

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  • This is insane. I do not agree with competitive gaming. Especially not school aged children.

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  • Good luck to him however I’m against gaming not only does it do their heads in it prevents them from using their own imagination and innovation in the ‘real’ world. I’d prefer my children to be outside playing not straining their eyes all night long on games.

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  • Thats a lot of screen time i’d say! would rather spend time with my kiddo than see him play video games all the time!

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  • Happy for his win but to spend so much time, his youth, playing games is somehow sad ….

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  • wow that will certainly give him a good start to adult life, hopefully his parents will help him spend it wisely

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