Jimmy Interviews Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf

Jimmy Interviews Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf


-Congratulations on winning.
-Thank you. -This is the trophy right here.
Do you mind if I bring it up? -That’s good. -Wow! It’s actually
really heavy. Look at this.
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Yeah. -Yeah, just set it right there.
-That’s really heavy. -Yeah.
-Wow. What a great trophy. What are you
going to do with this? -Probably hang
it up somewhere or, like, put it on, like,
one of my desks. -You can’t hang this thing.
It’s 100 pounds. -Yeah, yeah, I can’t hang — -You have to lean it against —
It’s so heavy. You got to build
a whole new room around it. I want to put
this over here just for now so I can see your face,
because it’s giant. Explain this to me.
How does it work? What goes into it? Because I think people think, “Oh, you just play
video games and you won.” It’s like, no,
I think there’s — You put a lot of work into this. -Yeah.
-Am I right? -So, like,
long practice every day. Like, every day, I wake up,
got to, like, warm up my hands for 30 minutes. Then I got to pretty much,
like, you know, play — warm up my hands
by playing, like, “Fortnite Creative,”
stuff like that. -So, wait.
Walk me through your day. So, what time do you wake up? -We talking school day
or a weekend? -Let’s talk weekend.
-Okay. -Yeah.
-Maybe like 12:00, 1:00. -Oh, man.
I want to be you so bad, dude. I’m really — I’m so jealous.
I’m so jealous of you right now. So, you wake up
at 12:00 noon, yeah? And before you warm up
your hands, what do you do? Yeah. What do you eat?
What do you eat at 12:00 noon? -Maybe a banana.
-Okay. Gotcha. All right, I like bananas.
-Yeah. -So, you get a —
But then you get on to the game and you start playing
immediately or no? -Yeah, I, like, get on,
warm up with that, and then I go into,
like, a call, talk to, like,
my friends, and all that, go over strategies and then — -Do you play just strangers or
do you play with, like, a — -No, like, a team, like, friends
and stuff like that, yeah. -You’re on a team now.
-Mm-hmm. -What is the name of your team?
-Sentinels. -Sentinels. Yeah, so,
you get on with those guys and you —
It’s Monday through — It’s every day or what is it? -Pretty much, yeah.
It’s like my job. -That’s — Wow. And did your parents —
I know they’re proud of you, but, at first,
were they like… I mean, yeah. But, at first,
they got to be like, “Hey, we got to talk, Bugha.” You know, yeah, let’s –”
What is Bugha from? -My grandpa gave me the name
when I was, like, a baby. He used to say like,
“Bugha, Bugha, Bugha,” and I used to laugh. -Oh, no way.
-So that’s where I get it from. -Hey, good for that.
I love grandpa stories. So, your parents
go, “Okay, this is fun, but you got to get
working over at, like, 7-Eleven or something. You got to get a job.” -Yeah, so, like, pretty much,
when they found out, like, I could actually do this for
pretty much a job, like, was when I pretty much got
signed to the team and all that. But before that, I just did,
like, little competitions and made, like,
a little bit of money off that. -Like, how much money did you
win the first competition? -$100.
-Yeah, nothing. -Yeah, nothing.
[ Laughs ] -What are you? 16? $100? You must have
freaked out and said, “Mom, dad, this is something. I can make money. And they’re like,
“It’s only $100, buddy.” But that’s a lot of money. -To me, it was at the time,
because, like — -To me, it is now.
Yeah, I mean… Wow, $100? So you win 100 bucks and then
you go, “I can do this.” And then this happens.
I mean, did you freak out? -I don’t know. It’s like I had, like,
no emotion, but, at the same time,
it felt, like, unreal. I don’t know. -Because you were just — You
were just in the zone? -Yeah, pretty much. -So, what time of day was
this that you won? -When it happened?
-Yeah. -Like midday yesterday. -Like when you wake up?
12:00 noon? Yeah. Woke up, had a banana,
won $3 million. No big deal. Not bad. So, I just — I’ve got to
congratulate you on this. This is great.
This is a great trophy. And I hope to
see you again, buddy. Congratulations.
-Thank you. -Good job.
-Appreciate it. -Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.

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