The Fortnite World Cup not only made a young player very rich. Players at other events also won great cash prizes during the contest in New York City last weekend.
Among them was Jaden "Wolfiez" Ashman, a 15-year-old London player who, along with his playmate Dave Jong, collected some tasty $ 2.25 million for finishing second in the duo event.
But the route to victory was clearly not easy.
In comments that will likely elicit greetings from parents of young children around the world, Jaden & # 39; s Mom revealed that in recent years he had been struggling to keep him away from his game machine in an effort to get him to concentrate More in your school work.
"If I'm honest with you, I've been quite against him playing," Lisa Dallman, Jaden's mother, told the BBC in an interview, adding: "I actually threw an Xbox [and] I broke a headset. We had a nightmare. "
But with the victory in the World Cup, the nightmare has become a dream come true for Jaden and his mother.
At first he was asked what he would do with his huge prize in He said: “I have no idea.” However, after a brief pause, he said that he probably had a new house for his mother, with the rest saved for his future. His mother suggested that there was a good chance he would spend it in "a lifetime of Uber Eats," so fond of the food delivery service.
Jaden told the BBC that he has been playing video games since he was 6 years old, and I started playing Fortnite as soon as he left two years ago.He soon became the best player of Fortnite among his group of friends, so his attention was immediately captured when he heard about the next Fortnite World Cup .
"I started thinking, maybe I have an opportunity in this, "Jaden said, adding that he started playing the game up to eight hours a day to hone his skills in preparation for the contest.
The approximately 100 Fortnite World Cup finalists who participated in the New York City event came from 30 countries, and each player managed to pass an online qualification period that involved about 40 million applicants.
The experience for Jaden and his mother has clearly been something very special.
“Arriving in New York has been amazing, not only because Jaden won, it has been an experience that changed both of our lives," Dallman said. "We've met some wonderful people and made friends for a lifetime. ".