Youngest Professional Fortnite Player is Just Eight Years Old

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Eight-year-old Joseph Deen - who plays under the name 'Gosu' - is the youngest professional player in Fortnite.
Eight-year-old Joseph Deen – who plays under the name ‘Gosu’ – is the youngest professional player in Fortnite. | Courtesy of Team 33.

Eight-year-old Joseph Deen, who plays under the name Gosu, is the youngest professional player in Fortnite. Back in December 2020, he was scouted and signed up for Team 33.

Not only that, but he also got a signing bonus of $33,000 and a high-end gaming PC.

“I felt amazing when I got offered the contract,” Joseph said to the BBC. “I’ve thought about being a professional gamer a lot, but no-one took me seriously until Team 33 came along.”

The California-based gamer has been playing Fortnite since he was four years old. His age, he says, was a big reason as to why others did not take him seriously, and it was only about a year and a half ago when he first came onto the esports scouts radar.

At eight years old, Joseph is pretty young for a professional esports player, but then only two people who are the part of the top, highest-earning Fortnite players are over 18 according to esportsearnings.com. And in 2019, sixteen-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, won the first Fortnite World Cup and $3 million in prize money.

Giersdorf, Joseph says, is a big inspiration to him.

“My dream is to be like Bugha and play like him. I look up to him because no-one took him seriously until he won the World Cup and I feel the same, as no-one took me seriously until I was signed by Team 33.”

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