Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman is only 16 years old, but already he has become a hugely successful esports player, thanks to his performance in the Fortnite World Cup in 2019. Second place in the duos competition netted him a cool $1.125 million with other tournament wins putting his all-time winnings at $1,140,026.67.
After rising to fame last year at the World Cup, United Kingdom-native Ashman became one of the most sought after talents in the esports world, with many organizations hoping to sign him to their brand. However, after some deliberation he decided to sign with Excel Esports, the U.K.-based organization that has its home at Twickenham, the home of English rugby.
The move is massive for the young star, with the support and facilities Excel can provide far outweighing what most organizations in the Fortnite space can provide. So to find out more about his move, and what it is like being a successful esports star I chatted to Ashman.
Mike Stubbs: Why did you decide to join Excel and did you have any other offers from other organizations?
Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman: When I first became a free agent I wasn’t in a rush to find a new organization. I wanted to make sure the next team I represented would be the right one for me. I was approached by several teams and my agent reached out to a few too. In the end, after meeting with teams either online or in-person I decided Excel was right for me.
Excel is also close to home and their Twickenham facility will allow me a nice training space to practice. They also really focused on wanting to help look after my health and wellbeing which I know is important and I am looking forward to having the support.
Stubbs: What has your first few days with Excel been like, have there been any issues and has anyone challenged you to a game yet?
Ashman: On the day of my signing announcement, I had mixed feelings. My following didn’t know who Excel was and probably expected me to sign to a more established Fortnite team. While everyone may have felt it was out of the blue, I went with my gut and I know it was the right decision. I’m hoping it will all pay off and everyone will see I made the right decision.
Due to coronavirus, I haven’t actually met any members of Excel yet. I have been challenged by a few of the team but they are likely scared as they are no match for me.
Stubbs: How did you manage to get so good at Fortnite, is it just a case of playing as much as you can?
Ashman: I was just born that way haha!
Stubbs: For someone who is just starting out in Fortnite, what advice would you give them that you wish you knew when you first started?
Ashman: Hopefully, when people look at what I have achieved at such a young age and realize you can earn a living, it will help them feel encouraged and supported to play.
Stubbs: What is the biggest mistake you see other top-level players making?
Ashman: A lot of keyboard mouse (KBM) players tend to blame aim assist for everything. However, I believe only really good players will recognize the skills it takes to be good on the controller.
Stubbs: What area of your own game do you think you need to improve?
Ashman: I think I need to work on my mental ability. I need to learn how to be more positive when things go wrong. When things happen in the game that are beyond my control I tend to get frustrated and it affects my game. I also want to interact with my followers more and connect with them by getting used to using a face cam.
Stubbs: What does the future hold for you?
Ashman: I really want to work on mental ability and become healthier as I know this will help me to be a lot more focused. Excel has already outlined steps to help me achieve this and I look forward to getting started. I also want to grow my following and show everyone that I can continue to improve and get ready to win the Fortnite World Cup next year.