13 Year Old Fortnite Player Secretly Signed On To Play Professionally
Among the four members making up pro gaming organization Team Secret’s new European Fortnite squad, one stood out: 13-year-old Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson. Almost immediately after the team was introduced today, news outlets jumped on Jackson’s youth.
According to ESPN, Team Secret, who is known for their presence in the Dota 2 community, has been looking into Fortnite for future ground to conquer. “Our guess is that Epic Games is also going to announce something and get behind the esports scene,” CEO John Yao told ESPN. “And so, before everybody else jumps in and all the good players get signed up, we wanted to make a preemptive strike.”
To get the jump, they want the best of the best … including 13 year old player Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson from the UK.
I actually had no idea he was 13 until the team told me,” Yao said. “Because when we looked at some of the videos and we looked at their game play, it was not apparent. What immediately stood out to me was how mature he was, and he sounded just like one of the other guys.
But despite being much younger than his teammates (who are 21, 20 and 17 respectively), Yao believes the roster is capable of being a “top team in the world”. Mongraal explained that he had to ask permission from his parents, but that they were very supportive.
Of course, with Fortnite esports still very much a work in progress, there are concerns that when a fully fledged league or tournament circuit is announced, that age restrictions will apply. Yao told ESPN that he believes it shouldn’t be a major problem however.
It does worry me a little bit. But even if they have restrictions like that at the publisher level, there will be tournaments where there will be no age limit.”
While Mongraal is already a professional player, he will still be sticking in at school, and says he aspires to be an astrophysicist. For now, he will be practicing with his team alongside his schoolwork.
I can’t believe I’ve got this opportunity. I’m very excited to start playing at a professional level properly with Team Secret. It’s like a dream come true.”