Fortnite World Cup Player King in Emotional Clip With Father

Wyatt Fossett,

July 29, 2019 11:07 AM

The short clip made its way around Twitter, Reddit, and more shortly after the close-out of the Fortnite World Cup Finals on Sunday.

Plenty of people have mixed feelings about young players and their ability or eligibility to compete in certain esports events for the potential to win tons of money doing something that they are good at. 

“They’re just kids playing a game.” 

“Those parents are just using them for money.”

“God, I wish I didn’t suck at Fortnite.” 

Okay, that last one was mine, but the point still stands. When young people of unique skill find the avenues available to them to make something of themselves, cut their teeth in competition, or earn their college tuition, folks tend to feel more cynical about it. Perhaps this is due to the lack of opportunity for them when “they were that age”, but it’s most likely due to the ever-present idea that “anyone can play video games” and what that “I can do that” mentality does to dissolve the effort of esports athletes. 

The answer is pretty simple. You probably couldn’t. 

(courtesy Fortnite Twitch)
Top 100 - Fortnite World Cup Solos (courtesy Fortnite Twitch)

More than 30 million players from around the globe competed in online qualifiers for a chance to earn their spot at the Fortnight World Cup that was held in New York City this weekend. Only 100 people played in that match on Sunday. Sure, there may be some extremely talented Fortnite players that missed the cut or couldn’t compete to qualify, but we’re not talking about a group of kids playing games, despite the very young average age of the competitors. 

This is all to say that the world of social media and an older generation of gamers are far too quick to dismiss young phenomenal players, thinking that they don’t put in the work or train as hard as those esports athletes in their early 20’s. 

(courtesy Epic Games)

In New York this weekend, a 16-year-old American kid was throned the best of the best, as Bugha managed to make a huge statement in front of millions of viewers online and on the biggest Fortnite stage on earth, winning $3,000,000 in the process. 

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Shortly after the event, a clip was shared on social media of 5th Place finisher Thiago “King” Lapp in an emotional embrace with his father. In the video, papa King lifts his crying boy into the air and hugs him. All the while, repeating to his son the phrase “tudo tuyo” which translates from Spanish to English as “all yours”. 

Seeing a father embrace their talented child, who has no doubt been working his hardest to get as good as he is, warmed the hearts of all those cynics online. This moment of pride and comfort caught on film also directly shows the type of support that parents can bring to a talented young esports player. 

Finishing 5th may seem like King fell short, but in a pool of millions upon millions, and on-stage against the best of the best, 5th is a gigantic accomplishment. With his placement, King also took home a prize of $900,000 USD, a monumental amount of money for such a young player. 

For more on the Fortnite World Cup, be sure to check back through our weekend of coverage. 



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