Some of us barely have our lives together at 16 and this kid’s already employed (pic: Excel Esports)
To most of us, Fortnite is something we boot up for a couple of hours or so to unwind and hang out with friends. To others, though, it’s a career path and a means of livelihood.
Take, for example, one Jaden ‘Wolfiez’Ashman. Last year, he earned £1.8 million ($2.25 million) for coming in second at a Fortnite tournament, and has continued to make a career for himself as a professional Fortnite player at only 16 years old.
His efforts earned him a Guinness World Record as the youngest person in esports history to win over $1 million at a single event and is the highest esports earner in the whole of the UK.
His career is only beginning to take off, though, as it has been announced that he is joining the esports organisation Excel Esports.
Excel Esports has been front-and-centre of the UK esports scene for years, having curated top-performing teams for League Of Legends and helped found the League of Legends European Championship.
Ashman’s signing on is a big deal for the organisation as well, as he is its first Fortnite player and will be representing the group at future tournaments.
It’d be silly if they hired the Fortnite pro to play League Of Legends instead (Pic: Epic Games)
‘As an organisation, we have been carefully exploring expansion opportunities for a while and when we first met Wolfiez it just seemed like such a natural fit,’ said Kieran Holmes-Darby, Co-Founder and Chief Gaming Officer.
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‘Fortnite is one of the most-watched esports in the world and has seen immense growth over the last few years. Everyone at Excel Esports is really excited to get involved and work together with Wolfiez to show everyone the best of what British esports has to offer.’
Ashman has also expressed his own excitement at joining the organisation, ‘I’m really excited to be joining Excel Esports as their first-ever Fortnite player. I spoke to lots of different teams and really liked how Excel was doing things and thought they were the perfect fit. 2019 was such a massive year for me and I know with Excel’s support this year can be even bigger and better.’
Fortnite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS and Android devices.
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