Fortnite has already evolved past what it started out as – that is to say, ‘just another’ popular video game. It’s broken records, fascinated millions and entertained just about everyone, whether it’s because they enjoy the game or because they enjoy hating the game.
Of course, we’d rather focus on the positive – that is to say, the best of the best! We’ve compiled a list of the best Fortnite players out there, so if you’re not sure who to watch in the next Fortnite tournament you watch, here are some pretty good options!
1. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Bugha is by far the highest-earning Fortnite player – and while that isn’t the only indication of success, his $3+ millions in Fortnite tournament winnings definitely tells us something. Bugha first ‘really’ appeared in the Fortnite World Cup 2019. From the very beginning, he dominated every competition, round and group he was put into, qualifying and over-qualifying for everything – and eventually walking away with the title. He then continued on as an absolute top force in the NA region – one of the best Fortnite players ever.
2. Shane “EpikWhale” Cotton
Also, one of the top-earners in the Fortnite esport, EpikWhale joined up with NRG NA. While he didn’t win his debut world cup, he came in third in Solo, and 12th as a Duo. During the FNCS tournaments, he also did well and was part of the team that finished 4th – while he has fewer flashy wins than Bugha, he is one of the top players in the world, having earned more than $1.5 million in his career so far.
3. Benjy “Benjyfishy” Fish
Also signed with NRG, Benjyfishy is one of the biggest names in competitive Fortnite play. He’s been playing Duos with MrSavage since the beginning of 2019, where his high placements drew quite a bit of attention. He’s one of the few European players that are really at the top of the Fortnite esports world. He’s earned several hundreds of thousands to his name already and remains a top force.
4. Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson
When Mongraal started playing the game in 2018, he was only 13 years old – he was one of the players that benefited from a rule change Epic made in order to allow younger players into their tournaments. Had they not, then Mongraal wouldn’t have been able to win like he did. He won first place in the European Luxe Cup with partner mitr0, and relatively easily won himself a spot in the World Cup, where he finished sixth. He also signed onto FaZe Clan, Mongraal is one of the best Fortnite players from Europe.
5. Diego “Arkhram” Palma
One of the few players not to make his identity public (quite a feat in this day and age), Arkhram is one of the top players in the Fortnite scene. He signed with 100Thieves and is one of very few players to qualify not once but twice for the Fortnite World Cup. He got 4 top 10 finishes in the qualifying period of the Cup, including two wins in the Solo and Duo qualifiers. He’s another very young player who has already made hundreds of thousands in tournament winnings – good job, mystery man!
6. Danny “Dubs” Walsh
Dubs and his Duo partner Megga successfully qualified for the World Cup and managed to come in 7th – no small feat. While they didn’t win any of their games, they managed to get 16 kills and 4 top 15 finishes, all with very little history of playing the game before. Dubs eventually moved to Solo and after a slow start managed to place win the top 3 pretty reliably, leading to a 15th finish in the World Cup Duo competition. He’s won over $300k in his short career.
7. Williams “Zayt” Aubin
Zayt has always been a top name in the Fortnite world. The NRG player managed to win the Katowice Royale 2019, as well as the NA West Scallywag Cup. He has played Duos with Saf for some time and is also one of the players to double qualify for the 2019 World Cup. As Duos, Zayt ranked 4th. As far as Fortnite betting goes, Zayt and his Duo Saf were some of the safest esports odds in the whole Fortnite competitive scene!
8. Rocco “Saf” Morales
The other half of Zayt’s Duo, Saf is another top player. He placed first in Summer Skirmish 2018, Secret Skirmish 2019, Katowice Royale 2019 and NA West Scallywag Cup. That’s quite impressive – in fact, Saf’s entire career so far has been incredibly impressive. He and Zayt form one of the best Duos on the planet, and they walked away from the 4th place World Cup win with more than $1.5 million in winnings.
9. David “Aqua” Wang
Aqua is one of only very few esports pros from Austria – nevertheless he hit the world stage hard when he qualified for the World Cup with his Duo partner Nyhrox. He also qualified Solo and managed to come out as the top dog. His Duo won the overall competition and received $3 million in prize money. He played less well in the Solo competition but still managed to add a cool $50k to his winnings.
10. Noam “Megga” Ackenine
Megga is another FaZe clan member, and Dubs Duo partner. The two of them managed to land second place in the Scallywag Cup as well as a third-place finish in the NA East World Cup Warmup. He is another one of the few dual qualified World Cup players – and while his Solo competition didn’t necessarily go too well, he and Dubs did very well in the Duos section.
11. Turner “Tfue” Tenney
Tfue is one of the best-known names in Fortnite – while he’s hardly the top player he is the top Fortnite streamer associated with the game… and of course, he’s also really skilled! He joined FaZe Clan in 2018 but eventually fell out with them – not that that stopped him from playing incredibly well. He’s won hundreds of thousands in tournament winnings, not to mention the millions he’s made streaming – Tfue definitely deserves a spot on this list.
12. Martin “MrSavage” Foss Andersen
MrSavage is the Duo partner of Benjyfishy – and like Benjyfishy, he’s an incredibly talented European Fortnite player. MrSavage qualified for both Duos and Solos and managed to come in 14th overall. In the Solo mode, MrSavage came in 29th. While he’s a talented player on his own, MrSavage definitely shines most when playing Duos.
13. Thiago “K1ng” Lapp
This Argentinian Fortnite player was one of the biggest success stories of the Fortnite World Cup. Although only 13 at the time, K1ng managed to beat just about everyone he came up against. He proved himself to be one of the most talented players in the LATAM region, and qualified extremely high, with plenty of top score finishes, and top ten placements. While he competed in both Duo and Solo, he did much better in Solo, and came in 5th overall, with an amazing 21 kills.
14. Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie
Mitr0 is a well-known name in the Fortnite competitive scene. He’s played Duos alongside players like Magin, Svennoss, Mongraal and K1nzell. Of these, Mongraal was by far his most successful Duo partner – they qualified for the World Cup together, ultimately finishing it in sixth place. Mitr0 and his teammate were particularly effective killing machines, getting some of the highest kill scores in the tournament.
15. Timothy “Bizzle” Miller
Bizzle has been playing Fortnite for quite some time – and he’s been consistently fantastic at it. He’s placed second more often than first, but he’s done so quite frequently, in both Duos and Solos. He’s won the Solo tournament at the Secret Skirmish 2019. At the World Cup, Bizzle qualified as a Solo player. Throughout his career, he has earned well over half a million USD.
16. Klaus “Stompy” Konstanzer
Stompy has had some pretty impressive moments in the early Fortnite esports scene – including the European Gauntlet, Scallywag Cup, Blackheart Cup and Luxe Cup. He placed in the top ten in all of them. The worst placement Stompy had in the World Cup qualifications was 11th – in other words, an incredibly consistent performance.
17. Davis “Ceice” McClellan
Ceice is a 100Thieves player who successfully double-qualified for the World Cup. He’s seen victories against some of the top players out there, and also managed to come in first in the week 6 qualifier, together with team member Elevate. They placed consistently, and ultimately managed to take third place in the Duo World Cup competition.
18. River “Riversan” Handley
Riversan is signed with Team Liquid, and he’s got some of the coolest achievements in all of Fortnite’s history. He won both the Duo and Solo competitions in the NA West Gauntlet competition – that’s back to back wins in just one day. He also did well in the Scallywag and Blackheart Cups and qualified for the Solo World Cup competition, where he came in 9th overall, with several good placements.
19. Theo “Crue” Ferrer
Swedish Crue pulled off an incredible performance in the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers. He double-qualified, and managed to mostly fly under the radar until he and his Duo partner ended up placing 22nd. In Solos, he had several games with 0 kills, but still landed in 6th place thanks to an incredible Victory Royale in his last match. He went home with $650k in winnings!
20. Nick “Aspect” McGuire
Aspect plays for the Sentinels, alongside players like Carose, Bugha, and Animal. He’s had some impressively high scores in his career, winning a Fall Skirmish, for example. He’s also played in the Katowice Royale 2019, in both the Duo and Solo competitions. In Solo, he ranked seventh – And when it came to the World Cup, he really struggled, though he did successfully qualify for it.
21. Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist Pedersen
Nyhrox is one of the highest-earning Scandinavian players in the Fortnite competitive scene. According to esportsearnings.com, Nyhrox is rated number one in Norway, and in his relatively short career, he’s pulled in more than $1.5 million in earnings. In 2019, Nyhrox won the Fortnite World Cup, alongside Aqua, who also made this list. He’s undoubtedly one of the top 50 Fortnite players in the world.
22. Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman
Wolfiez is a remarkably skilled player hailing from the United Kingdom. He’s also quite unique and is famed for his ability to use a controller against PC players. It’s often said this puts a gamer at a disadvantage, but for Wolfiez, it doesn’t slow him down one bit. He’s amassed a total pot of $1.3 million in his time on the Fortnite esports scene, and there are many who rank him as the best Fortnite player in the UK.
23. Nate ‘Kreo’ Kou
Nate Kou is a dominant Fortnite force that effortlessly glided to the top of the Hong Kong scene. He’s the biggest earner in the country, and in 2019, he won the Solo category in the Fortnite World Cup, scooping up a massive $1 million prize. There’s no doubt he’s one of the world’s best Fortnite players, and he’s got a promising career ahead of him.
24. Jack ‘Jahq’ Downs
Jahq might not have broken the $1 million mark when it comes to overall earnings, but he’s well on the way to getting there. He plays with G2, one of the biggest and most prolific esports organisations on the planet, proudly representing them in Fortnite. He’s a multi-capable player that can step into any role, and by mid-2021, he’d racked up $150,000 in earnings.
25. Brodie ‘Rehx’ Franks
Rehx is one of the sharpest North American players in the Fortnite landscape, having placed in a huge number of competitions. Although his biggest win is only $12,000, Rehx is playing under 100 Thieves, and is well on the way to making a lot more money with Fortnite. He’s a remarkable player with a long list of victories, and it’s only a matter of time before those wins become much more prolific.
26. Dave ‘Rojo’ Jong
Rojo is reportedly the best player in the Netherlands, having brought home a massive $1.2 million while playing competitive Fortnite. He’s easily one of the top 50 Fornite players on Earth and won more than a million dollars of his money while playing under Lazarus, a huge Canadian esports team. He narrowly missed winning the Fortnite World Cup in 2019, dropping into second place against Aqua and Nyhrox.
27. Hayden ‘Elevate’ Krueger
Elevate is another player on this list to have fought under the 100 Thieves banner, already establishing him as one of the world’s best Fortnite players. He’s considered to be one of the top ten players in the United States, and in 2019, picked up $900,000 after coming third place in the Fortnite World Cup. He’s been competing since Fortnite esports became a strong vertical, and he’s still got plenty of mileage left in the tank.
28. Clément ‘Skite’ Danglot
Skite is the first French player on this list, and in terms of earnings, comes in second place behind Ceb, a French Dota 2 player. He’s an extremely well-journeyed player, having competed in almost fifty separate competitions since breaking into the scene in 2018. Although he hasn’t been made a millionaire by Fortnite just yet, he isn’t far off the mark. He’s a remarkable player and will certainly hit that point in no time at all.
29. Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod
Clix isn’t the biggest earner in Fortnite, but he is a powerful up-and-comer in the space, and he’s getting better with each passing day. On ranker.com, he’s been voted by fans as the fourth most popular Fortnite player in the world, falling just short of third place, which is held by Bugha, our number one player. He has earned a quarter of a million dollars from playing Fortnite, and there’s plenty of potential for his future.
30. Moussa ‘Chapix’ Faour
The story of Chapix is a bizarre one, as it seemed for a while that he was on the verge of giving up on Fortnite. However, he made an overwhelming return in 2021 to the scene, breaking through once again to secure some huge victories. He landed the top prize in a European tournament, picking up a massive $100,000 prize. Now, it’s time for Chapix to climb back up that Fortnite ladder to return to his position at the top.
31. Josef ‘Stretch’ Liepshutz
Stretch is a young player, desperate to succeed and doing a seriously good job of it. He’s played for both Liquid and SoloMid, prolific and impressive teams in their own right. It’s said that Stretch is one of the best playmakers in the game, and he manipulates Fortnite’s mechanics with absolute ease. He’s one of the best players in the world, and as time goes on, he’s only going to get better.
32. Harrison ‘Psalm’ Chang
Psalm is a massive Fortnite earner, with the sheer and tangible skills to back up the bank balance. He’s picked up almost two million dollars while playing Fortnite, with his biggest win being a second-place finish in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. It was a close loss, coming in just behind Kreo, who also made this list. Sadly, following his failure to secure victory, Psalm retired from competitive Fornite, opting instead to move over to Valorant esports.
33. Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin
JannisZ is one of the highest-rated players in Germany, and one of the top earners. He’s got some huge wins to his name despite only being sixteen years of age at the time of writing this summary. JannisZ has fought alongside the likes of Chapix (who also made this list), and he’s an instantly recognisable presence in the Fortnite space.
34. Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro
ZexRow started small time with a team called the Pittsburgh Knights, before moving out to the big leagues with Team SoloMid. He quickly became an absolute force in the Fortnite landscape, climbing into a fantastic top-ten finish in the Fortnite World Cup in 2019. There have been seven major wins for ZexRow since 2018, and although he isn’t the biggest mover, he’s still one of the top 50 Fortnite players in the world.
35. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins
You knew he’d wind up somewhere on this list, right? Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is perhaps the most prolific and popular Fortnite player of all time. He’s a multi-millionaire gamer with one of the largest social media followings ever, and a huge portion of his career took place on Fortnite. In his mid-twenties, Ninja was a beast at Fortnite, and he even came fourth in the Fortnite World Cup in 2019. He’s older now and doesn’t play Fortnite competitively, but he was one of the best players in the world when he did.
36. Nathan ‘Nayte’ Berquignol
Nayte is another French Fortnite master, and he easily ranks in the top ten players in the entire country. He has accrued a hefty half a million dollars through playing Fortnite, and has effectively secured some sizeable victories on a professional level. In 2019, he placed in the top ten at the Fortnite World Cup (solos), bringing him well and truly into the global spotlight.
37. Noah ‘Vivid’ Wright
Not to be confused with the Call of Duty League’s Vivid, Noah ‘Vivid’ Wright is a fantastic contender by his own ability. He’s a huge earner with a considerable skillset to back it up – which has earned him places within both Cloud9 and Team Liquid. He’s collected plenty of major wins in his time, with his most successful streak taking place between late-2018, and lasting until the end of 2019. During this window, Vivid picked up more than a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.
38. Brendan ‘Falconer’ Falconer
With a name like that, who needs a nickname? Falconer is yet another Team SoloMid player to make this list, and for good reason – he’s secured half a million dollars from playing Fortnite. Now, you don’t make that kind of money without having the ability to back it up, and that’s definitely a given fact where Falconer is concerned. He’s also spent time with 100 Thieves, one of the newest and most prolific organisations in the esports landscape.
39. Alexandre ‘Andilex’ Christophe
Andilex might not be the biggest name in the industry, but he’s easily one of the top 50 Fortnite players – and one of the best in Europe. He regularly competes against some of the scene’s top talent and has almost effortlessly secured some massive wins in his relatively short career. He’s also claimed a quarter of a million dollars in prize money, which certainly cements him as a credible, skilled player.
40. Dominic ‘Unknown’ Green
Unknown is one of the rare players in the Fortnite competitive scene that can truly take any approach to a given situation. He’s known as a ‘hybrid’ player, and is just as good with a controller as he is a keyboard and mouse. It’s a rare attribute to have, and it gives a player an unimaginable advantage in the game. And, as a huge growth in popularity and overall winnings has proven, Unknown is definitely soaking up that advantage.
41. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad
These days, Aydan can be found dominating the battlefield in Call of Duty: Warzone. However, he has a firm background in Fortnite and still competes in the game occasionally today. Once upon a time, Aydan was soaking up Fortnite wins, and he even went on to compete in the Fortnite World Cup. Throughout his career with Fortnite, Aydan secured a considerable $200k in winnings. That’s an incredible number, considering it wasn’t even his main game. For a long time, Aydan was known as the best controller player in Fortnite.
42. Lee ‘Peterpan’ Jong Su
Peterpan is one of the few Korean players on this list, but he definitely deserves to rank as one of the top 50 Fortnite players out there today. In Korea, there isn’t much of a Fortnite scene, with players opting for MOBA titles like LoL or Dota. However, Peterpan broke into the Fortnite landscape with ease, dominating the scene from the get-go. He’s a highly skilled player with almost $200k in winnings.
43. Leon ‘Khanada’ Khim
Khanada is a top player with a bright future ahead of him, having burst onto the Fortnite scene with vigor and immediately dominated. Like many players on this list, Kannada has found fame and fortune with Team SoloMid, but he’s also done remarkably well as an independent player. In the game, Khanada is well known for his aggressive playstyle and expert building skills, which combined, have allowed him to pick up over $100k in Fortnite winnings.
44. Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier
Symfuhny is a legendary gamer by all accounts, and like Aydan, he transferred from competitive Fornite to competitive Warzone. When he was actively competing, Symfuhny was a lethal keyboard and mouse player and was widely regarded as one of the fastest and most accurate builders in the game. He also became one of the most popular Fortnite streamers on Earth and went on to fully dominate the space. Ultimately, his move to Warzone was a necessary one, but he’s still well and truly cracked at Fornite, my guy.
45. Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff
If you’re a gamer, you almost certainly know the name ‘NICKMERCS’. While he wasn’t ever the most successful Fortnite gamer, NICKMERCS makes the top 50 Fortnite rankings because of his overall popularity and considerable earnings from playing the game. While he was competing within Fortnite, NICKMERCS secured more than $130k in prize money and quickly rose to become a hugely popular presence within the scene. These days, he’s almost exclusively a Call of Duty gamer.
46. Alexander ‘Znappy’ Zayedli
Znappy is yet another Scandinavian Fortnite legend, and he’s a Fortnite World Cup finalist to boot. He hasn’t ever signed with a prolific team, but that hasn’t stopped Znappy from finding immense success through playing Fortnite. Since his career took off in 2019, Znappy has made more than $160k from his victories and near-wins in the competitive scene. He’s a demon on the field, and can play in both an individual or a team setting, making him a valuable squad mate to have.
47. Thomas ‘Tschiiinken’ Horak
Tschiiinken (no, we don’t know how to pronounce that name) is a fairly legendary Austrian player. He’s regarded as being in the top three players in the entire country, and for good reason. In 2019, Tschiiinken exploded in popularity, picking up $300,000 in that year alone. He placed in the Fortnite World Cup finals but also secured first place in a highly prolific Fornite Champion Series. That win netted him a sleek $160k – a high reward for a highly skilled player.
48. Thomas ‘72hrs’ Mulligan
72hrs doesn’t have the biggest catalogue of wins behind him, but he’s done enough to make some serious bank in the Fortnite space. His particular set of skills has enabled him to pull in more than $300k from playing Fortnite, with almost every penny being earned in 2018, which was a massive financial year for many Fortnite players. While he’s slowed down today, and mixed up his games, Mulligan remains a fantastic Fortnite player.
49. Evan ‘Cented’ Barron
Evan ‘Cented’ Barron is a certified and legitimate Canadian Fortnite legend. He sits in fourth place for Fortnite earnings across the entire country and has competed with composure on some of the biggest stages in the industry. He’s picked up twelve major wins in his career, which is still pushing forward with passion today. His sizeable list of victories has secured him more than $200k from playing Fortnite, and he has competed under some of the biggest and brightest organisations in gaming.
50. Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean
We finish this list with a player who is literally just getting started on his Fortnite journey. Hen didn’t make it big until 2021 truly got underway, landing a massive victory at the FNCS European Grand Finals for Chapter 2. While he has been competing since 2019, it’s now that Hen is really stacking up the big bucks, having made almost $200k in the space of a single year. There’s so much potential wrapped up in this multi-faceted player, and he’s definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.