The Youngest Professional 'Fortnite' Player Is Just 13 Years Old
The idea of playing video games for a living is probably every kid's absolute dream - and it's actually one that this 13-year-old boy is actually living, believe it or not.
Kyle Jackson, who is part of Team Secret, is now known as Fortnite's youngest professional player - playing on a team of four members under the name of 'Mongraal'.
Kyle started gaming at the age of eight, but it wasn't until a couple of years later that he realised he was 'probably better than the average player', and eventually began playing competitively at nine or 10.
"Playing games and travelling all over the world is kind of a dream for all kids," he told the BBC, saying that his school friends are 'kind of' jealous of his opportunity.
Playing remotely, the youngster has never met his teammates - apparently leaving one person in shock when it transpired Kyle was just 13, as his voice 'doesn't really sound' like it comes from someone that age.
However, he added that they all treat him like he's the same age as them, saying: "It doesn't really both me."
Currently, Kyle doesn't make money from his contract with Team Secret, but will get a share of the prize money from any competitions.
Kyle says that his parents are supportive of his gaming, and his dad has even agreed to come with him whenever he partakes in competitions around the world.
He does, however, have some stupulations, including a 9pm curfew.
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"My parents are both very supportive of what I'm doing right now, and I appreciate it quite a lot," Kyle continued.
"Currently, at school I'm doing very well in pretty much every subject so they're not really worried about me playing as much as I do. I still have time to study [and] revise."
Fortnite, which was released in July last year, has fast become one of the world's biggest online games, having reportedly been downloaded more than 40 million times.
George Yao, Team Secret's Director of Media, explained that said his team didn't realise Kyle was only 13 when they first watched him play a Fortnite game online.
"We had no idea," he said.
"The level of communication they had in the game was at such a professional level, and the sound of his voice is very mature, so we naturally didn't even think he was that young so it took us by surprise.
"It's very rare to find a player that is at that calibre at such a young age."
Fair bloody play to the kid, he's absolutely living the dream.
Featured Image Credit: Team Secret
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