Fortnite boy, 15, who won £1.8m in shoot-em-up game’s World Cup DOES play it for eight hours a day admits his father… but only after he has finished his chores
- Jaden Ashman, from Essex, will split £1.8million with his Dutch gaming partner
- The 15-year-old competed under the name Wolfiez at three-day Fornite finals
- Father Hugh Ashman described him as a ‘great kid’ who juggles with homework
- Added that Jaden will finish schooling as normal despite incredible victory
A British teenager who won almost £1million at a Fortnite tournament plays the game for up to eight hours a day – but only after he has finished his chores.
Jaden Ashman, from Hornchurch, Essex, will split $2.25m (£1.8m) with his Dutch partner, Dave Jong, after the pair came second in the duos sections at the game’s first World Cup.
Today his father, Hugh Ashman, 38, described his son as a ‘great kid’ and insisted that he will finish his schooling as normal despite the incredible victory.
He also revealed that 15-year-old Jaden is a regular teenager who juggles his homework and chores like everyone else, and that he is only allowed to play the game for eight hours at a time on the weekend.
Mr Ashman, who lives in Dartford, Kent, said: ‘Jaden is a great kid who has worked hard and has shown great dedication towards achieving this life changing result.
‘He has always dealt with his responsibilities 90 per cent of the time, be that his homework, his school work or being a member of our family.
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Jaden Ashman, 15, from Essex, won nearly £1million after coming first in the duos section of the Fortnite World Cup. He is pictured with his mother, Lisa Dallman
‘I was proud of him before, during and will be after all of this has all died down.’
The 15-year-old competed under the name Wolfiez at the three-day event held inside the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York, which also hosts the final of the US Open.
More than 100 finalists were set to take part in the event’s various competitions, having been whittled down from around 40 million who attempted to qualify for the tournament and compete for the $3 million (£2.4million) top prize.
Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York, where the finalists competed
Mr Ashman added: ‘I would like to stress to anyone that even though it was reported that Jaden played eight hours a day, that was only at weekends and only after he completed chores that any other young person his age would have been expected to do.
‘As a father I hope they see what I see and have believed for the longest time, that Jaden is an intelligent, caring and thoughtful young man. And he is much more than just that British kid who did well at Fornite.
‘And just to let anyone who is interested know that Jaden will be finish his schooling as normal.’
Earlier today Jaden’s stepfather James Hyams, 36, told MailOnline that Fortnite had been the subject of some ‘shocking’ rows but they have now conceded it was all worthwhile.
He said: ‘He’s always been into gaming – it used to be Call of Duty – but then Fortnite came along and that became his obsession.
‘I can hear him upstairs at night, shouting “shoot, shoot, shoot” into his headset and then the wheels of his gaming chair moving as he moves around the room.
‘He eats, sleeps and breathes it. Everything he’s been doing has been all about Forrnite.’
Mr Hyams estimated that Jaden plays for about eight hours everyday.
He added: ‘He comes home from school and he’s straight up into his room and straight onto his headset.
‘It’s been a bit of a battle of wills – I used to be up till 2am so I could outlast him.’
Jaden Ashman (right) has won half of $2.25 million (£1.8m) after coming second with his teammate Dave Jong (left) in the Fortnite World Cup finals
Fifteen-year-old Jaden Ashman has won half of £1.8m after coming second with his teammate Dave Jong in the Fortnite World Cup finals
Players compete in the Duos competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup on July 27, 2019
Jaden seen playing Fortnite at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York
More than 30 countries were expected to be represented at the finals, which featured a duo competition for pairs and a ‘creative’ tournament where teams of four aim to complete different in-game trials.
The online battle royale game has become a popular culture sensation since its launch two years ago – more than 250 million people have played the game, and its in-game celebratory dance moves have been re-created by some of the world’s biggest sports stars.
Jaden told the BBC: ‘Me and my mum, we clash quite a lot. Like, she didn’t understand how it worked, so she thought that I was spending eight hours a day in my room just wasting my time.
‘So now that I’ve proved to her that I can do stuff, I’m really happy.’
His mother, Lisa Dallman, told the BBC: ‘If I’m honest with you I’ve been quite against him gaming. I’ve been more pushing him to his schoolwork.
‘I’ve actually thrown an XBox out, snapped a headset, we’ve had a nightmare.
Fifteen-year-old Jaden Ashman with his computer in his bedroom where he plays Fortnite
Lisa Dallman said that she had been against his gaming instead pushing him towards school work
A still of the game, Fortnite, where players are left on an island and try to be the last one standing
‘And then leading up to the games, getting his visa, we had problems with that so we had a week of a nightmare.
‘Then the dog ate his birth certificate, so – and this is not a joke – this actually really did happen.
‘And then my work messed up my wages, so three things went wrong before we started heading here so I knew we were on an even keel and everything was going to go right.’
Asked about the prize money, Ms Dallman said: ‘I think Jaden’s not really a materialistic person. He will have a lifetime supply of Uber Eats, and I think that will do him, to be fair.
‘Just sitting there playing video games and eating takeaways, Jaden would be in his element.’
Fortnite has come under increased scrutiny in recent times with critics questioning its impact on its predominately younger user base.
MPs are currently leading an inquiry into addictive technologies, including looking at video games and in particular their use of loot boxes – paid-for packs of in-game items which are available in Fortnite – which some fear could be used as a gateway to gambling for children.
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