Top 5 competitive Fortnite players from the United States

Top 5 competitive Fortnite players from the United States

There are millions of competitive Fortnite players in the world, but only a few thousand of them have had the ability or the luck to make money from their efforts. As of August 5, 2022, the United States has 2,205 competitive Fortnite players, the most of any other country.

These players have earned over $41 million in total, which is also way ahead of any other country on the list.

In this article, we will take a look at the top five competitive Fortnite players from the United States. The list will be based on the all-time earnings these players have earned in their competitive careers thus far.


Ranking of Bugha, Saf and 3 more competitive Fortnite players from the United States

5) Rocco “Saf” Morales – $1,196,712

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Saf is one of the most famous competitive Fortnite players as he has been playing competitively since 2018. He has won money in more than 60 tournaments and was also one of the top players in Fortnite World Cup 2019.

Here are the talented Fortnite player’s top three tournaments so far:

  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Duo Finals – $750,000
  • 2019 Fortnite Secret Skirmish Series (Only) – $48,000
  • ESL Katowice Royale 2019 – International Edition – Duo – $40,000

He achieved the most success during the most prestigious Fortnite tournament in 2019, as he took fourth place. It was also the year that Saf earned nearly a million dollars playing the game competitively, which is why he ranks so highly among all competitive Fortnite players in the United States.

Saf participated in two different Fortnite Battle Royale tournaments in 2022. Unfortunately, he failed to earn any money from them, as his best placement was 32nd in the Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 3 Season 3 – Qualifier 2: Round 4.


4) Nate “Kreo” Kou – $1,228,009

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Kreo is another fantastic competitive Fortnite player. Unlike Saf, he has mainly dominated solo competitions. He has been on many different teams during his competitive career, but his biggest success came in 2019.

These are the top three tournaments where Kreo has won the most money:

  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Solo Finals – $1,050,000
  • Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series – Week 4 NA – $40,000
  • Fortnite Champion Series – Chapter 2 Season 5 – Grand Finals: US East – $13,000

Kreo finished fourth in the Fortnite World Cup, which is his biggest achievement so far. The competitive Fortnite player has also participated in several tournaments in 2022, but has not been very successful in making money.


3) “EpikWhale” Shane Cotton – $1,513,667

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EpikWhale is another name familiar to many Fortnite Battle Royale players. He was one of the top three players in the Fortnite World Cup Solo competition and is still an active professional.

These are his three most profitable tournaments:

  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Solo Finals – $1,200,000
  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Duo Finals – $50,000
  • FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – US West – $35,000

EpikWhale is one of the few players who managed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup in both Solo and Duo competitions. At 16, he completely dominated his opponents in the Solo tournament and finished third. His placement in duos was a bit worse, but he still finished 12th.

The competitive Fortnite player is still very active and won $14,000 in the 2022 Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 3 Season 2 – Grand Finals. EpicWhale also qualified for the FNCS Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals and will have a chance to win a lot more money in just a few days.

The total prize pool for this competition is $3 million and will be divided among the top players in each region. The prestigious tournament is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 12.


2) Harrison “Psalm” Chang – $1,873,538

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During his competitive career in various video games, Psalm made money in 59 different tournaments and won 10 of them, which is very impressive. He is a jack of all trades and is another top Fortnite World Cup player.

The three tournaments in which he has won the most money are:

  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Solo Finals – $1,800,000
  • Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Week 3 NA – $23,750
  • 2019 Fortnite Secret Skirmish Series (Only) – $10,000

Psalm placed second in the Fortnite World Cup, earning him nearly $2 million from the competition.

Unfortunately, the former competitive Fortnite player is no longer active in the community as he now plays Valorant. He’s already made a few thousand dollars from this video game and considering his incredible skill set, it’s only a matter of time before he’ll make millions from it.

The talented esports player has earned around $1.96 million in his career, but 95.6% of this amount comes from Fortnite Battle Royale. The Fortnite World Cup was fantastic for many players and Psalm made sure to make the most of it.


1) Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – $3,418,995

Bugha is the most successful competitive Fortnite player (Image via Fortnite/YouTube Screenshot)
Bugha is the most successful competitive Fortnite player (Image via Fortnite/YouTube Screenshot)

Bugha is the most famous competitive Fortnite player in the world. The talented gamer won the Fortnite World Cup in 2019 and was awarded a prize of $3 million.

These are his three best tournaments of all time:

  • Fortnite World Cup 2019 Solo Finals – $3,000,000
  • FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – Eastern US – $95,000
  • FNCS: Chapter 3 Season 1 – Grand Finale: NA East – $65,000

Bugha showed complete dominance in the biggest Fortnite tournament yet and showed the world who is the best competitive player in the game. The then 16-year-old made winning $3 million look too easy and inspired many other players from around the world to join the competitive scene.

Kyle Giersdorf is ranked way ahead of everyone else on the list and his lead will most likely grow even higher since he qualified for the FNCS Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals. Bugha has been very active in 2022 and has played in many different tournaments, having won $100,000 so far.

The competitive Fortnite player will have a chance to win another big tournament in mid-August. Considering that he is one of the biggest names that will be involved in the upcoming championship series, a lot of attention will be focused on him.


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