Most parents would cringe at the thought of their child dropping out of school for any reason, much less to game, but that’s exactly what Dave Herzog, a 49-year-old entrepreneur from Sudbury, Canada, planned for his son Jordan. That’s right, since he’s a longtime gamer himself, Jordan sparked his interest in a possible eSports career when he won his first Halo tournament, and took home $2,000 worth of gaming apparel. Now, 16-year-old Jordan “Crimz” Herzog is already one of the world’s top Fortnite players, already having qualified for this year’s World Fortnite Championship along with 200 other players from around the world. Read more for two videos and additional information.
After leaving high school for online classes, Jordan spends between 8 to 10 hours every day playing Fortnite, and even sometimes eating in front of his computer to pick up things from YouTube videos and talk with his teammates. So far, he’s earned $60,000+ from gaming alone, which will most certainly lead to even more lucrative sponsorship deals should he take home the grand prize in any tournament.
“I’m not an idiot. I know there’s social interactions that you, me, most people had that he’s going to miss out on, but he’s got a major moment right now, and we’ve got to take advantage of it,” said Dave.