E-Sports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now, and it is allowing thousands of people to turn their passion into a career. Gaming is an even playing field, it doesn’t matter how old or how big you are. If you’re good at the game, you can make a career out of it. That’s what AJO, who is only 14, is trying to do.
I was given the privilege to talk to AJO about his young career and what the future holds for him.
Junior Rogue is one of the most prestigious E-Sports teams for young players, and AJO just finished his time with the team. When asked how it had helped his career he said, “Junior Rogue has furthered my career by exposing me to what the E-Sports community is really like. It really helped me find my passion for this ‘Community’. In our Junior Rogue Sessions, we talked with Signed players to Rogue such as DrLupo, Morguasse, Lamar, Gingerpop. They mentored us about the community and what being a signed professional really is like. We also did very fun tournaments competing against other Junior Rogue members.”
The Fortnite World Cup has the biggest prize pool of any E-Sports event in history, so most players are focused on practicing for that right now. However, with that coming to an end soon, players focus will shift towards other things. AJO says, “My next step for me after the World Cup is to definitely get signed as a Competitive player, and also upload montages, stream, etc. ” AJO says he hopes to get signed to a tier one or tier two organization such as 100 Thieves, Wombo Sports, Team Overtime, among others.
One of the few disadvantages that junior gamers have to deal with is school. School is basically a full-time job already, then you add all the practice to try and make a career gaming and it can be hard to balance. When asked how he balances school and gaming AJO said, “Balancing gaming with school is definitely very hard in my opinion, and I’m sure a lot of people would agree as well. Your education is very important, especially to younger players, and overall all players in general. Just find the right balance, whether that be putting more time into assignments & studying if needed”. AJO still manages to get some extra practice in at school sometimes.
Though most players just play Fortnite for fun, it has to be taken more seriously sometimes when a player like AJO is trying to make a career out of it. When asked how he still manages to have fun while staying competitive AJO said, “I have fun playing Fortnite in general, but I have to stay somewhat serious when I play competitive scrims/events against other players because any silly/stupid mistake will benefit to lose of a win or lose of prize money. Public matches and creative are also fun, but if you want to be or become a competitive player, you need to focus on improving, whether that be VOD reviewing or more practice”.
Huge thanks to AJO for taking the time out of his day to do this interview with me. I really enjoyed doing it and getting to write this article. Be sure to show him some love and follow his socials!