Good Morning Britain viewers heap praise on 900k Fortnite winner, 1507/31/2019
GMB viewers heap praise on £900K Fortnite winner, 15, and call for gaming to become part of the SCHOOL CURRICULUM following his success
- The 15-year-old beat 40 million people for a place at the Fortnite World Cup
- He placed second at the tournament with his Dutch partner and they won £1.8m
- When asked what he’d buy with his money, he said he’d buy his mother a house
Good Morning Britain viewers praised ‘lovely young man’ Jaden Ashman, the Essex schoolboy who won £900K playing Fortnite, as he revealed he would buy his mother a house with his winnings.
The 15-year-old from Hornchurch beat 40 million people for a place at the Fortnite World Cup in New York, and managed to place second with his gaming partner, a Dutchman he hadn’t previously met in person.
He was on the show this morning with his mother Lisa Dallman, and viewers were quick to heap praise on the young man – with some even suggesting that schools must ‘facilitate’ gaming.
Jaden Ashman and his mother Lisa Dallman on ‘Good Morning Britain’ this morning
When asked what he would do with his share of the £1.8m winnings, he said: ‘Probably going to buy my mum a house so we can just chill.
‘Me and my brother share a bunk bed so I can separate my gaming from my sleeping, because my set up is right beside my bed.’
Among the swathes of congratulatory comments, some commenters said that gaming is becoming a viable career path for today’s tech-savvy youngsters.
A user called Debbie said: ‘Children are now growing up in a world full of technology. Our schools need to facilitate this.’
The 15-year-old beat 40 million people for a place at the Fortnite World Cup in New York
Viewers were quick to heap praise on the young man, with some even suggesting that schools must ‘facilitate’ gaming. ‘It’s just a new way (of making a career),’ said another Twitter user
Another user, replying to Debbie, took it even further. Chris Marshall said: ‘I agree! Let’s scrap R.E and introduce Fortnite!! Today’s home work class….. 50 solo kills.’
Writing on Twitter, Kath Wilson said: ‘Good luck to him. Making his passion into a career at 15 is what kids that played football or rugby etc have tried to do for years.
‘It’s just a new way and he’s got to the top of the ladder. There can be other sides to this obviously, but great he’s done so well.’
Jaden, pictured with Lisa at home in Essex, said he’ll buy her a house with his prize money
Another user said: ‘Good luck to the lad. He was lucky enough to be able to convert his gaming skills into a few quid in the bank.
‘If only there’d been something popular I was good at in my early years, I’d have done the same. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.’
The youngster also revealed just how many hours it takes to be world class at Fortnite.
Jaden also revealed just how many hours it takes to be world class at Fortnite, eight daily
‘I play for eight hours a day sometimes,’ he said before a shocked Ben Shephard interjected and said: ‘Even on a school day?’
‘Sometimes, If I really want to play but sometimes I just chill and go on YouTube or something.’
He calls time when he’s not online ‘dead hours.’
There was some dissent towards gaming as a career but comments were mostly positive
But the hours online were a ‘great investment’ according to one Twitter user, while Vicky Emmerson called it an ‘amazing achievement,’ adding: ‘Well done Jaden & what a lovely gesture to your mum.’
GMB host Piers Morgan has previously been critical of parents with children addicted to Fortnite, saying they must ‘exercise parental responsibility’ and take the game away from them.
Lisa did say that she had once even thrown her son’s Xbox in the bin but not everyone was happy with gaming as a way of making money.
Writing online, a Twitter user called Russell said: ‘So now it’s ok for kids to be playing computer games continuously because a few can earn a lot of money. That’s parenting for you.’
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