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An American teenager named Kyle Giersdorf has become a multimillionaire after coming in first place at the Fortnite World Cup in New York, the BBC reports. The 16-year-old is now Fortnite world champion and has banked $3 million in prize money.

The competition finals took place this past weekend at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium and boasted the largest prize pool in eSports history, with a $30 million pot shared among the winners.

Despite his mammoth win, Giersdorf says he’s not planning to splash out all of his prize money at once. In a conversation with the BBC, he said, “All I want is a new desk and maybe a desk for my trophy.” Giersdorf then reiterated his plans on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, while also delving into his video game training routine.

In the duo competition, meanwhile, British teenager Jaden Ashman banked half of a $2.25 million prize, coming in second place with Dutch teammate Dave Jong. The pair will split the prize money evenly. Another British teen, 14-year-old Kyle Jackson, took home $375,000.

More than 40 million players participated in the event qualifiers, but only 50 duos and 100 solo players made it through to the finals.

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