Developing top-notch gaming skills pays off for a teenager

Reuben Belisle participates in Fortnite Battle Royale tournaments.

The online video game Fortnite has a number of tournaments and at one of its recent All Stars events Reuben Belisle finished in the top four out of hundreds of contestants and took home $ 80,000 (around £ 57,800) .

The 17-year-old represented the Ace of Spades Esports organization and he traveled to Basingstoke, Hampshire to use the specialized Esports facilities she organized for him.

It plays the game’s creative mode to warm up, but the main game used for tournaments is Fortnite Battle Royale.

In this game, unarmed players are parachuted from a “battle bus” that crosses the game map. When they land, they must collect weapons, items, resources and even vehicles while trying to stay in. life and attack and eliminate other players.

Reuben, who attended King Edward VI School, Newminster Middle School and Abbeyfields First School, said: “To enter this tournament there were four qualifying rounds and the top 100 were able to compete in the tournament. the event.

“Going to Basingstoke has helped me a lot because of the environment and the support I have received from everyone. I was aiming for around the top 20, which would have won $ 10,000, but it was very surprising to finish in the top four.

“It would be one of my biggest goals to qualify for the next Fortnite World Cup (the biggest event), but unfortunately they can’t host one in the meantime because of Covid.”

His proud father Lee explained that he is currently at level two of the Fortnite power rating system, but is third in the UK and in the top 50 in Europe, so “that’s just a question. long before it gets to level one “.

Lee added: “Reuben has been playing the game since its release and after doing well in the first round of smaller-scale tournaments he has participated in, the Covid-19 lockdown has given him the opportunity to try out some of the more big tournaments.

“You have to be determined to do well at Esports professionally and stay fit and healthy, and it’s great that the training hours are paying off for him. If he continues to make a lot of money, that will prepare him. for life.

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