Little Griffin Spikoski spends about 18 hours a day stuck to the screen of his computer playing Fortnite, the multiplayer video game that is causing a furor and that already has more than 200 million followers around the world. However, Spikoski is not one of these players: his YouTube channel in which he uploads videos of his games to the game 'on-line' has more than 1 million subscribers and more than 71 million views. Figures that led him to enter about $ 200,000 last year, thanks to advertisers sponsorships.
The boy of only 14, known as "Skeptic" on YouTube, has taken Fornite as an elite sport, according to The Washington Post. When you are not playing complete homework through the internet. But the focus, according to his own family, is on video games. "This is like my job," explained Spikoski.
In a short documentary published this week on YouTube, the mother of little Griffin, Kathleen Connolly, explained that her son's passion and success caught her by surprise. "I never realized how good Griffin was in video games. He told me and then the world confirmed it to me, "said Connolly. Once the parents discovered the great potential of the child, they did not want to waste the opportunity and have created the company Sceptic Gaming and have hired a financial advisor and an accountant to help the young man manage his money.
The "e-sports" have become a big business. So much so that the biggest tournaments offer prizes of around 25 million dollars, according to Gamespot. In fact, last year, the company Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, announced that it would finance with 100 million dollars the competitions of the famous video game of the following season.
Fame came to Spikoski when he beat a well-known Fortnite player last year and uploaded a video of the battle to his YouTube channel. The result: 7.5 million visits in a few hours. It was not long before the teenager got his first $ 100 with Twitch. Spikoski's parents said they decided to withdraw their son from the institute as his dedication to the games deepened. According to the mother, with her growing notoriety Griffin struggled to manage two worlds, and two personalities, who felt increasingly divergent. In person, Spikoski is shy and anxious. In the virtual world, he is confident and mischievous.
Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, announced that it would finance with 100 million dollars the competitions of the famous video game of the following season