I’m a Fortnite MILLIONAIRE – being a gaming superstar isn’t what everyone thinks it is

I'm a Fortnite MILLIONAIRE - being a gaming superstar isn't what everyone thinks it is
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Being a gaming superstar isn’t the “glamorous life” people think it is, teenage Fortnite millionaire Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman has revealed.

The Brit made headlines in 2019 when, at just 15, he became the youngest esports player ever to win $1 million.



Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman is now a player for Red Bull
Jaden with his mother Lisa after winning back in 2019


Jaden with his mother Lisa after winning back in 2019Photo credit: Twitter

Jaden, now 18, has shed some light on the reality of gaming as a career.

The humble Essex boy says it’s “not really a crazy life” as some might expect.

“People think you do all these things but you have to play most of the time so it’s pretty, I wouldn’t say boring, but it’s not a glamorous life,” he told The Sun.

“Just playing as much as you can and the best part of course is that you go to an event every few months, that’s probably the most enjoyable part about it.

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“When I go to Fortnite events I feel comfortable, I feel good, people come up to me asking for pictures and stuff, but nobody’s too pushy or anything, it’s always a good experience.”

The teenager is now a pro player for Red Bull and competes in esports tournaments around the world.

He has yet to finish first in a major competition – his big win in 2019 earned the player second place in the Fortnite World Cup duos category.

The biggest purchase he made with the profits was a house for his mother.

He’s also bought a few PCs “here and there”, top-end controllers and the occasional vacation.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a saver, but I don’t spend on things I don’t really need or just for the sake of it,” he said.

“Playing just happened”

Wolfiez left school at 15 to focus on his gaming, but reveals he never set out to take this path in life.

“I don’t know where I would be now – I was smart at school but I didn’t enjoy it either,” he explained.

“I didn’t have a fixed goal of where I wanted to be when I was younger, I didn’t have anything in mind.

“So playing just happened.”

The player has also spoken out to Fortnite makers Epic Games for being “inconsistent” and “lazy” when it comes to serving competitive players.

5 years of Fortnite Battle Royale

The popular battle royale title celebrates its fifth birthday on September 26th.

Despite frustration, Wolfiez believes the game will be here for many years to come.

“One thing that really annoyed me is that they only recycle items,” he said.

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“They don’t really add new content, they just give you back old content for nostalgic reasons.”

Fortnite kicked off the celebrations on Friday with special in-game quests as well as a birthday-themed fortography showcase.

What is Fortnite anyway?

FORTNITE is an online video game played by up to 250 million people around the world.

In it, 100 players compete alone or with a small group of friends to grab guns, gather resources, and build defenses before fighting to be the last man (or team) standing.

Games last around 20 minutes and you can jump into a new game within seconds of finishing the previous game.

It’s bright, it’s cartoonish, and it’s devilishly compelling.

Skill is rewarded, but luck also plays a big part, meaning no two games are alike and everyone feels like they have a chance to win.

Fortnite has also brought in billions for its developers.

In Europe it is rated 12+, which means it is suitable for people aged 12 and over.

The Battle Royale mode is free to play, but there’s also a story-driven single-player and co-op mode called Save The World that players have to pay for.

Pop culture crossover events are very common due to the game’s large audience.

This includes players being able to buy themed outfits for the movie, TV show or brand and also do some themed in-game activities.

This could be new locations to explore, new challenges to complete to win themed accessories, or new game modes loosely related to the theme of what’s being crossed with.

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