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Team Secret Hires 13-Year-Old For Its Professional Ranks

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 26, 2018  | Comments

Team Secret Hires 13-Year-Old For Its Professional Ranks - Fortnite - MMORPG.com

ESPN is reporting that Team Secret, a eSports conglomerate, has brought Kyle 'Mongraal' Jackson on board its newly formed Fortnite pro team. While that's not much news in and of itself, what IS interesting is that Jackson is only 13-years-old. He joins fellow teammates who are 17-, 20- and 21-years old. While at this point there isn't a competitive Fortnite esports program, Team Secret is confident that Epic will be announcing one soon.

"I actually had no idea he was 13 until the team told me," Team Secret CEO John 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."

Jackson said that when he tried out Fortnite Battle Royale for the first time, he "just fell in love [with] the building mechanisms, how big the skill gap is with building, is just unreal".

Yao has indicated that there is some concern about Jackson's age if and when the professional leagues are announced. For instance, to play Overwatch competitively, players have to be at least 18. "It does worry me a little bit," Yao said. "But even if they have restrictions like that at the publisher level, there will be tournaments where there will be no age limit."

Read more at ESPN.


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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom