His undisputed skills earned him the top prize of US$3 million.
The American, who went under the alias “Bugha”, was top dog at the Solo finals, racking up 59 points, a staggering 26 more than his runner-up “psalm”, who also walked away with an eye-popping US$1.8 million. The third-placer, EpikWhale, scored just a point less, and netted himself US$1.2 million in winnings.
Regardless of where these players stood in the rankings, we see their big winnings as an absolute win.
“Words can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy,” Giersdorf exclaimed in an interview after the competition. “Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane.”
Giersdorf competed in a pool of over 100 players, all of whom competed for the prize pool of US$30m. This staggering amount of prize money is indicative of how esports is booming these days.
Darren Rovell from The Action Network pointed out that Giersdorf’s US$3m winnings were comparable to the top prize of US$3.85m in the tennis US Open, which will take place in just under five weeks.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.