15-year-old wins over $1 million at Fortnite World Cup after 'wasting 10 hours' daily, says will buy mom a new house, car
Jaden Ashman, 15, will 'try to push to quit school' and launch a career as a professional gamer. His mother, who ones threw Xbox out to stop his game 'addiction', has a different plan...
A British teenager who pocketed more than $1 million during the world cup for Epic Games' wildly popular online video game 'Fortnite' plans to use his winnings to buy his mother a new house and a car.
Jaden Ashman, 15, from Essex, who goes by the gamer tag, 'Wolfiez', and his Dutch partner Dave Jong ('Rojo') won second place in the duo's section at the recently concluded Fortnite World Cup held inside the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York, according to the Sun.
Their exploits saw them split a $2.2 million prize, and Jaden, who said he's "lost for words" after the monumental win, now wants to use that money to buy some gifts for his mother, Lisa Dallman.
"I’m definitely going to buy a house but I haven’t got a clue where," he said. "And some Gucci shoes. I might buy a car for my mum too, as she drives a little Fiat 500."
It has not been a straightforward journey for Jaden, who's had to contend with his fair share of battles outside the computer screen to get to this point, that too mostly with his mother.
The 15-year-old had started playing the game when it first came out in 2017 and would spend up to 10 hours each day glued to his screen in a bid to master its ins and outs, much to the chagrin of his mother.
"I’ve been quite against Jaden and his gaming," Dallman said, revealing that she's "thrown an Xbox out" and "snapped a headset" after receiving calls from his school complaining that he was falling asleep in class.
But even she admits she "didn't realize how big this all was" and that she "thought he could play video games but needed to concentrate on school work." She said that "the turning point was when he got through to the World Cup."
An estimated 40 million players tried their luck at qualifying for the world cup, and Jaden was amongst just 178 finalists who made it through. He is now aiming to make it as a professional gamer.
"At the start, my mum 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," he said. "I’m not planning on getting this money and just quitting. I’ve still got a full career of gaming ahead of me."
"I’m in Year 10 but maybe I will try to push to quit school," he added. But his mom is adamant that he will finish his General Certificate of Secondary Education exams (GCSEs) at Abbs Cross Academy in Hornchurch, East London. "He’s only 15 and his schoolwork was a priority to me," she said. "It’s not been easy. We’ve had our differences."
For now, Jaden has already signed a $58,000 a year deal with gaming team Lazarus, and his second-place prize has ensured he will have a lifetime supply of Uber Eats, one of the event's sponsors.