Bugha Talks About His Multi-Sport Ambitions With Gary Vee

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Jason Koeppel ONE37pm

Even if you're not a serious gamer, chances are you’ve heard of Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. The seventeen-year-old has taken the world by storm since becoming the first-ever Fortnite World Cup champion in 2019, beating 40 million competitors and taking home a prize of $3,000,000 at the age of 16. That win not only propelled Bugha into stardom (As of today, Bugha has 15.4 million followers across all platforms), but his dominance also captured the eye of Gary Vee.

Bugha joined Gary on episode eleven of his Marketing For The Now show to talk about his success & the life of a world-class esports athlete. In this episode, the two dive into what gamers really do behind the scenes, the newer generation of Fortnite players, and being able to dominate multiple esports in the vein of Shotzzy, Bo Jackson, and Deion Sanders.

People think that all gamers are nerds and play the game 24/7. But that’s not true. At least not for me.


Part of getting better each day also means studying your opponents. When asked by Gary about the upcoming Fortnite gamers, Bugha surprised viewers by revealing that he’s actually considered to be a “middle-aged” player at seventeen (yes, you read that correctly).

This new generation of Fortnite pros are between thirteen and fourteen, and Bugha noted that the new crop of players are constantly evolving, and are more mechanical in the way they are approaching the game.

Players are evolving all the time. The younger ones (thirteen to fourteen) are kind of coming and pushing the older ones out because they are so much more mechanical in their fighting style. I’m seventeen, so I’m actually considered middle-aged in the Fortnite scene. It’s kind of crazy!


Bugha winning the 'Fortnite' World Cup in 2019 / Getty Images

The final question Gary Vee had for the Fortnite World Cup champ was whether or not he planned to expand his talents. The answer to that question was an immediate & emphatic, YES. Bugha told Gary that while being a multi-game player isn’t for everyone, he believes he has the mental drive to learn and dominate more than one game on a world-class level. If there’s one thing that the young champion does not lack, it’s confidence, and rightfully so.

Any game I’m going to, I’m always trying to get really good at. That’s just my competitive drive. 


It’s certainly been fun watching Bugha’s success over the past year, and we are definitely looking forward to following along as his career continues to evolve.

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