Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

Fortnite: Bugha Crowned Esports Player of the Year at the 2019 Game Awards

Bugha in his Sentinels Jersey with the words "Best Esport Player" and the Game Awards logo
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Kyle "Bugha"Giersdorf takes home the esports player of the year award at this years Game Awards.


Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf is responsible for one of the most impressive victories in competitive Fortnite history. In front of thousands in attendance and millions watching at home, Bugha systematically handled the competition at the Fortnite World Cup. He made history as the first Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion and pocketed a cool $3M USD in the process. He’s won many awards to this point and will add another with his Esports Player of the Year victory at The Game Awards 2019.

As the anticipation grew, The Golden State Warriors point guard, Stephen Curry, announced the nominees. Amongst such worthy adversaries as Faker, Perkz, S1mple and Sinatraa, the two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Champion announced Bugha as the victor. The Fortnite World Cup Champion took the stage in all his glory with a few words to say.

"Thank you guys so much. This is like the best way to end off my year, honestly. Thank you all to my fans, my family, my friends, my team Sentinels and most of all Epic Games for making any of this possible." Bugha said. "I’m so glad to be a part of this community and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Bugha then exited the stage with his award in hand alongside one of the best basketball players on the planet. It was quite an inspiring moment out of one of the most upstanding and humble professional Fortnite players in the world.

Looking Back

The Fortnite World Cup Champion could not have drawn up a better year for himself. He started as an unsigned Fortnite player, and it what seemed like an instant managed to sign with an organization and win his first LAN tournament. He accomplished his World Cup victory against the absolute best that Fortnite has to offer.

Although some may argue the award should have gone elsewhere, Bugha’s achievements are truly spectacular. His journey through the $3M USD tournament and gaining all the recognition afterward is nothing short of inspirational. The Esports Player of the Year award validates all of Bugha’s hard work up to this point. He remains one of the best Fortnite players to this day.

Congratulations to Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf on winning Esports Player of the Year!

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