It’s not every day a teen can come home a millionaire, all for playing video games. Well, that’s exactly what happened to British Fortnite World Cup competitor Jaden Ashman who is just 15 years old. He won over $1 million in Fortnite‘s first ever World Cup. His total winnings were actually $2.2 million USD for finishing second (which he split with his Duos partner), which is funny since his mom actually threw his Xbox in the garbage at one point. Bet she is rethinking that now.
His mom had this to say about their differences when it came to playing Fortnite:
He’s only 15 and his schoolwork was a priority to me.It’s not been easy. We’ve had our differences. I’ve thrown out an Xbox and snapped a headset because I’ve got calls from school saying he is falling asleep in class.
Even though his mom thought his hours spent playing Fortnite were essentially a waste of time, he plans on sharing his newfound Fortnite World Cup wealth with her:
I’m definitely going to buy a house but I haven’t got a clue where. And some Gucci shoes. I might buy a car for my mum too, as she drives a little Fiat 500. At the start, my [mom] was against me playing ‘Fortnite,’ but I’ve proved to her that I wasn’t wasting the hours each day in my bedroom playing instead of doing my homework. I’m not planning on getting this money and just quitting. I’ve still got a full career of gaming ahead of me.
He certainly does; Jaden recently signed a deal with Lazarus worth a reported $59,000. This happened after he earned a spot qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This is pretty incredible for someone so young, and despite lots of criticism the top winner is getting online, esports is proving to be a really lucrative career path. So the next time you think kids playing video games is silly, just look at what these teens are able to accomplish. If you truly believe your child can be the next big esports star like Jaden and others, remember you can always hire a Fortnite coach.
Tarah Bleier is a freelance writer, editor and content creator from Toronto. She currently actively writes for, Daily Esports, Flixist and Outright Geekery. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program, she has also written for Nintendo Enthusiast, PC Invasion, Tribute.ca, Factinate.com and recently for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time, she loves gaming, cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can.