British teenager Jaden Ashman, 15, has just made it very difficult for the world's parents to blame their children for playing video games. The adolescent player, known as Wolfiez, and his team-mate finished second at the Fortnite World Cup duo on July 27, earning $ 2.25 million.
Ashman plays Fortnite since its release. and exercises for up to eight hours a day. This could explain how he was successful in the 10-week competition with 40 million players worldwide, which ended with 100 finalists.
The British teenager was also an avid player before the popular game came out in 2017, and told the BBC that he had gotten his first Xbox when he was just six years old. His mother, Lisa Dallman, who traveled to New York to compete with her son, said she was confident that he would be well placed, but had not expected him to do as well as he did a millionaire.
But now that he has won, she seems pleased and unimpressed that the money will change him. "Jaden is not really a materialist person," she emphasizes. She believes that the millions of dollars could last a lifetime so that he can order at UberEats while he plays and likes to be in his element.
Epic Games is giving away $ 30 million in prize money during the Fortnite World Cup finals in New York. The finalist of the solo competition will be determined today (July 28) and this player will take home up to $ 3 million.
These generous prizes will undoubtedly inspire teens and adults to continue their Fortnite skills. And parents who fear that playing distracts from school work will certainly be desperate. But the sport is big business (exclusive to Quartz members), and watching people play video games is a popular pastime. The fans pack arenas to see massive screens.
The idea of being paid for video games was ridiculed by an old Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson showing a future help section with gamer advertising jobs. However, the truth turned out to be stranger than his fiction, and playing proved to be far more lucrative than the cartoonist could ever have imagined when jokingly presented a $ 100,000 salary to professional Mario Brothers players.