Fortnite esports is a hotly contested arena. Thousands of players, mostly teenagers, compete for life-changing amounts of money, trying to outgun, outbuild, and out-trash talk one another to claim some victory royales.
But who can be dubbed as the best Fortnite player in the world right now? While big names such as Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf or Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish will likely spring to mind, have they been performing well enough to earn the title of best Fortnite player?
Plus, who takes the mantle of the best to ever do it? Since Fortnite esports started gaining real traction in 2018, which player has won the most events and prize money since? Well, we’re here to try and answer those questions with some stats. While we all have our favourite Fortnite pros, the numbers don’t lie when it comes to finding who the best player in the world is.
Who is the best Fortnite player of all time?
Discussions around the best Fortnite player ever usually boil down to a handful of names, but how do you really tell? Well, we think there are two ways to determine who the best to ever do it is – earnings and rankings.
The best Fortnite player by earnings
The best Fortnite player in terms of tournament prize money earned is Bugha. This is thanks to his monster $3 million scoop for winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Solos event.
But who else comes close? Here are the top ten Fortnite players in terms of tournament prize money, according to Esports Earnings:
|Player||Total career earnings|
|Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf||$3.14 million|
|David ‘Aqua’ Wang||$1.92 million|
|Harrison ‘psalm’ Chang||$1.87 million|
|Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Pedersen||$1.53 million|
|Shane ‘EpikWhale’ Cotton||$1.49 million|
|Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman||$1.33 million|
|Dave ‘Rojo’ Jong||$1.21 million|
|Nate ‘Kreo’ Kou||$1.20 million|
|Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin||$1.18 million|
|Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales||$1.12 million|
The best Fortnite player by all-time ranking points
Fortnite Gamepedia has a robust ranking system, which allocates players points for their performances in certain events.
While this is often used to see who the best Fortnite player is right now, we can take a look at the total amount of ranking points earned by players in their entire careers. The best Fortnite player in terms of their lifetime ranking points is Benjyfishy, who has 146,875 points to his name.
Below are the top ten Fortnite players in terms of their lifetime ranking points at the time of writing:
|Player (region)||Lifetime ranking points|
|EpikWhale (NA West)||144,700|
|Arkhram (NA West)||126,730|
|wavyjacob (NA West)||124,090|
|Rehx (NA West)||121,495|
Who is the best Fortnite player right now?
As we head into FNCS Chapter 2 Season 5, many are debating who the best Fortnite player in the world is right now. This is less statistical than the previous entries in this guide, but here are a couple of players from the top regions of Europe, NA East, and NA West who go into Season 5 as arguably the best players.
In Europe, Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič is widely dubbed as the best Fortnite player right now. The 16-year-old, who recently signed for Guild Esports, ended 2020 at the top of the EU rankings after winning back-to-back FNCS titles in Season 3 and Season 4.
In NA West, 100 Thieves’ Diego ‘Arkhram’ Lima stands out as a player in top form and is arguably the region’s best Fortnite player at the moment. Having won the Season 4 title, placed second the season before that, and ended 2020 at the top of his region’s rankings, Arkhram is definitely the one to watch in Season 5 from NA West.
Related: Our tier list of the best Fortnite weapons for Season 5
While NA East is stacked with some of the biggest names in Fortnite esports, it’s incredibly hard to call which of them can be dubbed the best Fortnite player. The likes of Bugha, Leon ‘Khanada’ Khim, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, and many more are all crammed into the region, but none have really stood out as particularly dominant over the last couple of seasons.
Going off of a combination of 2020 rankings and placements in the last two seasons of FNCS, Bugha probably takes it.
As rankings change throughout 2021, we’ll be sure to update this section to let you know who the best Fortnite player in the world is.