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Saturday 14 December 2019

'I'll give €45k Fortnite prize to my parents', says gamer Josh

Dublin teenager Josh Juliano
Dublin teenager Josh Juliano

Dublin teenager Josh Juliano (17), who pocketed €45,000 playing in the Fortnite World Cup, will give most of his prize to his parents.

Millions around the world watched Josh, also known as "lolb0om", compete for a of $3m prize pot at the Fortnite World Cup in New York last month.

The Leaving Cert student from south Dublin came 58th after battling through 10 weeks of qualifiers that attracted more than 40 million competitors.

Fortnite is a hugely popular survival game in which 100 players fight against each other in player-versus-player combat to be the last one standing.

Josh said he spent up to eight hours a day training for a place in the World Cup, but admitted it took some time for his parents to approve of his ambitious goals.

"I started playing Fortnite in Transition Year, but only started pursuing it competitively over the past year," he said.

"It was obviously hard for my parents to understand at first because they saw Fortnite as just another video game.

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"But their views started to change once they saw the huge amount of money on the line."

When Josh landed himself a place in the Fortnite World Cup, he was guaranteed €45,000 simply for taking part.

"I couldn't believe it, I was just so excited," he said.

"I travelled to the tournament with my dad and older brother, who's also my manager. It was an incredible experience."

Josh said he had nerves of steel in the contest, but did not do as well as he had hoped.

"I was just unlucky and there were things that happened while I was playing that I didn't expect, but even taking part alone was amazing and I had a great time," he said.

"I'm going to give most of my prize money to my parents. I'll just use some of it to update my gaming system and stream."

Josh, who starts sixth year in September, said he will not have as much time to play Fortnite as he prepares for his exams.

"Obviously, playing six to eight hours a day isn't an option because I'll be focusing more on the Leaving Cert," he said.

"Although I'd love to become a full-time pro gamer, I also want to do well in my exams."

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