Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, known just as Budha on social media, is an American professional Fortnite gamer and social media star. Bugha became the first-ever Fortnite World Champion in July 2019 at just 16 years old, when he took home the $3 million prize. He is signed with Sentinels as a Fortnite player. After he won the championship, Bugha appeared on a number of late-night talk shows, including the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, known just as Budha on social media, was born on December 30, 2002.
As of September 2021, Bugha has more than 4.14 million subscribers on YouTube, 4.7 million followers on Twitch, 5.1 million followers on Instagram, 1.8 million followers on Twitter, 5.5 million followers on TikTok and 2,641 followers on Facebook.
Bugha first started playing video games as an infant, according to his father, when he made an auspicious accidental kill in Battlefield 1942. He grew up playing video games with his father, and MarioKart turned into Call of Duty and later, Fortnite: Save the World.
At first, his father had doubts that his son’s video game passion would turn into a career. He didn’t realize how good his son was until he saw him scrimmage with his friends online.
“Around 3 o’clock I was home, and from there on out I might have done my homework, or I might have done it in class or after school,” Bugha told ESPN. “But I put six hours into every single night playing, even when I had school. That was my No. 1 concern at the time because I really wanted to play and qualify.”
Bugha is signed with Sentinels as a Fortnite player.
His hard work paid off. Bugha became the first-ever Fortnite World Champion in July 2019 at just 16 years old, when he took home the $3 million prize.
After he won the championship, Bugha appeared on a number of late-night talk shows, including the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where he talked about his big win. He gained millions of followers across his social media channels virtually overnight. In addition, after winning the championship, he signed with talent agency VaynerGaming.
Once Bugha won, his social media channels were hacked and he became a victim of swatting, a criminal activity where a caller will try to send a police officer to someone’s home under false pretenses through fraudulent accusations.
“It was scary for sure,” Bugha told ESPN. “We were scrimming at that time, and I get someone busting in my door and they’re like, ‘You gotta come with us,’ and I’m like, ‘Can I finish this game real quick?’ Because I didn’t know what they wanted.”
You can purchase Bugha’s merchandise through his official website.
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