A British 15-year-old who won over $1 million in a video-game competition said he will use his winnings to buy a house for his mother.
Ashman has also signed a deal for about $59,000 with a gaming team called Lazcarus since he qualified for the Cup.
British teenager Jaden Ashman wins more than a million dollars coming second alongside Dutch teammate in #fortniteworldcup
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 28, 2019
“I’m lost for words,” Ashman told The Sun. “My Twitter has been blowing up and I’ve had a load of messages from friends. 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.”
He added that even though he is only in Year 10, he “will try to push to quit school.” (RELATED: Herm Edwards Thinks Current Athletes Are Weak Because They Play Video Games)
Ashman’s mom, Lisa Dallman, told The Sun she had been “quite against Jaden and his gaming. … 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,” Dallman added.
“Jaden is very academic and I want him to do well,” Dallman said. “I didn’t realize how big this all was. I thought he could play video games but needed to concentrate on school work. The turning point was when he got through to the World Cup.”
“I’ll buy my mum a house.”
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) July 29, 2019
Ashman now says he plans to become a professional video-game player. He started playing Fortnite when it came out in 2017 and now spends up to 10 hours per day playing the game. (REPORTER: Academic Study Claims Video Games Harm Women And LGBT People With ‘Techno-masculinity’)
“At the start, my [mom] was against me playing Fortnite,” Ashman explained to The Sun, “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.”
A 16-year-old U.S. teenager won first place in the solo division and took home $3 million Sunday. All qualifiers were guaranteed to take home about $48,876.00.
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