- A British teen won half of $2.25 million this weekend after placing second with his Dutch teammate in the Fortnite World Cup.
- The finals took place in New York City on Saturday and Sunday. Fifty duos and 100 solo players competed for a share of the $30 million prize pool, the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports.
- Jaden Ashman, 15, told the BBC that he started playing “Fortnite” when it was first released in 2017 and had been practicing in his room as long as eight hours a day ever since, much to his mother’s annoyance.
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A British teen named Jaden Ashman won half of $2.25 million after placing second with his teammate at the Fortnite World Cup finals over the weekend.
Ashman will split the $2.25 million prize with his Dutch teammate, Dave Jong. The first prize of $3 million was won by a 16-year-old American named Kyle Giersdorf.
More than 40 million players participated in the qualifying events for the final, which took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on Saturday and Sunday. Fifty duos and 100 solo players made it through the final and were competing to take home a cut of the $30 million prize pool, the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports.
“Fortnite” is the most popular video game in the world, with more than 250 million registered players. The free-to-play game is available on iPhone, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac. Its matches involve 100 players being dropped onto a virtual island where they must use the surrounding weaponry and materials to eliminate rivals until only one person is left.
Ashman told the BBC that he started playing when “Fortnite” was first released in 2017 and had been practicing in his room as long as eight hours a day ever since, much to his mother’s annoyance.
“Me and my mum clash quite a lot,” Ashman told the BBC in an interview. “She didn’t understand how it worked, so she thought I was spending eight hours a day in my room just wasting my time.”
His mother, Lisa Dallman, told the BBC that she had been pushing Ashman to do his schoolwork instead of gaming and acknowledged having thrown out his Xbox and snapped his headset at one point.
But Ashman doesn’t have any grand plans for spending the prize money just yet.
“Jaden is not really materialistic,” Dallman said, adding that he would have a lifetime supply of Uber Eats.
“Just sitting there playing video games and eating takeaways. Jaden would be in his element.”