Teen Gamer Wins $1 million Playing Fortnite


ROUND ROCK, TX— Cooper Smith and his teammate secured a $1 million grand prize by clinching victory at the 2023 Fortnite Champion Series Global Championship held in Denmark earlier this month.

The esports tournament unfolded from Oct. 13-15, featuring a bracket-based competition where teams of two contended in the immensely popular game, "Fortnite," within the virtual esports arenas of this generation.

"Fortnite" is a battle royale-style game in which 100 players vie to be the last one standing.

This particular tournament, however, wasn't open to all; Cooper explained it required qualification.

"What qualified you to this championship in Denmark was placing top-three in one of the three majors this year," Cooper explained. "In the second major, I secured second place, which earned me $95,000, and subsequently, I received an invitation to the global championship. All the top teams from various regions – such as Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Oceana – were flown out to compete in this Denmark tournament."

Speaking to reporters, Cooper shared that he has gained approximately 60,000 followers on his streaming platforms since winning the tournament. He also disclosed his decision to switch from traditional public schooling to online classes in pursuit of his aspiration to become a professional gaming streamer.

"I've recently enrolled in online school," Cooper mentioned. "I'm fully focused on streaming now and making a substantial income from it, so I'm taking it seriously. It wouldn't have been possible to manage this while playing a sport and attending public school."

Additionally, Cooper highlighted the unwavering support of his parents, expressing gratitude for their encouragement in pursuing his dreams.

"My dad introduced me to gaming a while back," Cooper recalled. "He accompanied me to Denmark for the competition, and seeing his joy for my success was incredible."

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