Bugha (gamer)

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Bugha
Current team
TeamSentinels
GameFortnite
Personal information
NameKyle Giersdorf
Born2002/2003 (age 19–20)[1]
United States
NationalityAmerican
Career information
Playing career2018–present
Team history
2018No Clout
2019–presentSentinels
Career highlights and awards
Twitch information
Channel
Years active2018–present
Followers4.97 million
Total views108.6 million
Follower and view counts updated as of February 2022.
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2018–Present
Subscribers4.26 million[2]
Total views298.04 million[2]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Last updated: 14 Jul 2022

Kyle Giersdorf, better known as Bugha (/ˈbɡə/), is an American professional esports player who is best known for playing Fortnite Battle Royale.[3] He came to fame after winning Fortnite World Cup 2019.[4][1][5]

Early life[edit]

Giersdorf lives in a town in Pennsylvania.[6]

Giersdorf's nickname comes from his grandfather who used to call him Bugha when he was younger.[7] He was first introduced to Fortnite when his father, also a gamer, told him about the "Save the World" game mode.[6]

Professional career[edit]

After playing with team No Clout, Giersdorf signed with esports organization Sentinels on March 25, 2019, as a member of their Fortnite team.[8] Giersdorf qualified and attended the 1st Annual Fortnite World Cup that took place on July 26–28, 2019.[6] He competed for Solos that took place on the 28th.[9] Giersdorf had the chance to play 6 matches against 99 other players who had also qualified.[10] In the end, Giersdorf was 1st place with 59 points, almost doubling second-place winner psalm with 33 points.[11] Kyle won $3,000,000 in Prize Money.[12][13]

Epic Games gave Giersdorf an in-game skin of his likeness in July 2021 as part of Fortnite's Icon Series. Other figures, such as football player Neymar and streamer Ninja, also have in-game skins.[14]

Hacked[edit]

Giersdorf's Twitter and Twitch were hacked hours after winning the Fortnite World Cup. He also hacked 100 gifted subscriptions to random streamers.[15] His Twitter was also hacked, tweeting vulgar tweets and retweeted a tweet from said user.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2019 Bugha - Stories From Battle Bus Main [6][17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Result Ref.
2019 Fortnite World Cup Won [18][5]
The Game Awards (Best Esports Athlete) Won [19][20]
2020 Best in Gaming (Shorty Award) Nominated [21][22]

Best Fortnite tournament placements[edit]

Bugha's best placements include:

  • 1st Place Solo World Cup Qualifiers Week 1
  • 1st place Fortnite World Cup 2019
  • 1st Place Trio Cash Cup July 21, 2019
  • 1st Place Solo Cash Cup October 3, 2019
  • 1st Place Solo Cash Cup November 20, 2019
  • 5th Place FNCS Duos Grand Finals Chapter 2, Season 2
  • 1st Place Duos Cash Cup May 28, 2020
  • 1st Place Daily Trios Cup July 29, 2020
  • 4th Place FNCS Solos Grand Finals Chapter 2, Season 3
  • 4th Place DreamHack Online Open Finals August 2020
  • 2nd Place DreamHack Online Open Finals September 2020
  • 3rd Place FNCS Trios Grand Finals Chapter 2, Season 4
  • 5th Place FNCS Trios Grand Finals Chapter 2, Season 5
  • 1st Place FNCS Trios Grand Finals Chapter 2, Season 8
  • 1st Place FNCS Trios Grand Royale Finals Chapter 2, Season 8
  • 1st Place FNCS Duos Grand Finals Chapter 3, Season 1
  • 3rd Place FNCS Duos Grand Finals Chapter 3, Season 2

Source:[23][better source needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "16-year old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf wins $3 million at Fortnite World Cup". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  2. ^ a b "About Bugha". YouTube.
  3. ^ "Kyle Giersdorf". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  4. ^ "American teen 'Bugha' becomes solo Fortnite champ, winning $3 mn". Arab News. 2019-07-29. Archived from the original on 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  5. ^ a b "This Fortnite World Cup Winner Is 16 and $3 Million Richer". The New York Times. 2019-07-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  6. ^ a b c d Fortnite (November 25, 2019). Bugha - Stories from the Battle Bus (YouTube video). Epic Games.
  7. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (July 29, 2019). Jimmy Interviews Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (YouTube video). NBC.
  8. ^ "Sentinels Sign Bugha". Sentinels. March 25, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  9. ^ "16-year-old Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf wins Fortnite World Cup, takes home $3 million prize". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  10. ^ "US teenager becomes first Fortnite World Cup champion, winning $3m | Fortnite | The Guardian". amp.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  11. ^ "This Fortnite World Cup Winner Is 16 and $3 Million Richer". The New York Times. 2019-07-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  12. ^ "Teenage gamer wins Fortnite World Cup, takes home more prize money than Wimbledon". www.abc.net.au. 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  13. ^ "A 16-year-old just won $3 million playing Fortnite". The Independent. 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  14. ^ Webster, Andrew (2021-07-19). "Fortnite champ Bugha is getting his own in-game skin". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  15. ^ "Fortnite World Cup champion Bugha has been targeted by hackers". PCGamesN. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  16. ^ "$3 million Fortnite World Cup winner Bugha's social media hacked". VPEsports. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  17. ^ "Bugha - Stories from the Battle Bus | Fortnite: Battle Royale Dev Tracker | devtrackers.gg". devtrackers.gg. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  18. ^ "16-year-old wins biggest Fortnite 2019 World-Cup". Fox News. 2019-07-29. Archived from the original on 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  19. ^ "Kyle Giersdorf aka Bugha Won the 2019 Game Award in the Category Best Athlete". estnn.com. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2020-08-03. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  20. ^ "Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf 'surprised' to win Esports Player of the Year at the 2019 Esports Awards". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  21. ^ "Exclusive: All the finalists for this year's Shorty Awards, which won't be a physical event for the first time in 12 years because of the coronavirus". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  22. ^ "bugha - The Shorty Awards". shortyawards.com. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  23. ^ "SEN BUGHADORF's Fortnite Events". fortnitetracker.com. Retrieved 2021-04-05.

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