The highlight of most kids’ eighth birthday is blowing out the candles on their cake. But for Joseph Deen, it was blowing the ink dry on his freshly-signed contract to be a professional gamer.
Joseph is the youngest-ever paid Fortnite player, after signing with Team 33 in December. The Californian esports team invited him to their headquarters to give him a 33,000-dollar signing bonus and a high-speed computer.
Fortnite is a third-person-style shooting and building game played online by hundreds of millions around the world.
He shared, “I felt amazing when I got offered the contract. I’ve thought about being a professional gamer a lot, but no-one took me seriously until Team 33 came along.”
Joseph has been playing Fortnite since he was four years old and was first noticed by the fledgling esports team 18 months ago.
According to the esportsearnings.com website, only two of the top 10 highest-earning Fortnite players are over 18.