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Joseph Deen is eight-years-old. He is the youngest person to become a professional Fortnite gamer. He was signed by an esports team in December. The team is called Team 33. They signed him because he is so good. He was paid $33,000 to sign with the team. He was also given a new gaming PC. The team want him to compete in competitions when he is older.

Joseph is not allowed to compete for money yet. He has to be 13 before he can play in competitions with prize money. Team 33 say they want to help him get better. They also want to make YouTube videos about his training. Joseph wants to win the Fortnite World Cup when he is older. The first Fortnite World Cup winner was just 16 years old. He won $3 million from the competition. Joseph wants to be like him.

Professional gaming is becoming more popular. Many games are played for big prize money. Most of the Fortnite players who have earned the most money are under 18. Being a professional gamer is something that many kids dream to be.

Difficult words

Professional (adj): Be a master in an activity.

Esports (n): Playing video games against other people for prizes, sometimes can be done as a job.

Competition (n): When people come together to play a game and find a winner.

Prize (n): Something given as a reward to a winner.

Training (n): Practicing a skill.

Earn (v): To get money from doing work.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

1.Professional A. Game against others.
 2. Competition B. Winning item.
 3. Prize C. Make money.
 4. Training D. Master
 5. Earn E. Practice

True or False?

1. Joseph Dean is an adult. T / F

2. Joseph is the youngest professional Fortnite gamer. T / F

3. Team 33 did not pay Joseph when he signed with them. T / F

4. Joesph is now able to compete for money. T / F

5. Team 33 want to make Youtube videos of Joseph’s training. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. by / team / He / an / esports / signed / was

2. team / is / The / Team 33 / called

3. want / they / help / say / to / better / Team 33 / him / get

4. to / win / Joseph / Fortnite World Cup / the / wants

5. gaming / is / popular / more / Professional / becoming

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

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Joseph Deen is eight-years-old. He is the (1)_____________ person to become a professional Fortnite gamer. He was signed by an esports team in December. The team is called Team 33. They signed him because he is so good. He was paid $33,000 to sign with the team. He was also given a new gaming PC. The team want him to (2)_____________ in competitions when he is older.

Joseph is not (3)____________ to compete for money yet. He has to be 13 before he can play in competitions with prize money. Team 33 say they want to help him get better. They also want to make YouTube videos about his training. Joseph wants to win the Fortnite World Cup when he is older. The first Fortnite World Cup winner was just 16 years old. He (4)________ $3 million from the competition. Joseph wants to be like him.

Professional gaming is becoming more (5)_____________. Many games are played for big prize money. Most of the Fortnite players who have earned the most money are under 18. Being a professional gamer is something that many kids (6)____________ to be.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What do you think about esports?
5. Have you heard of any esports competitions in your country?
6. What do you think about the young ages of many esports gamers?
7. Do you think many children in your country want to be influencers or professional gamers these days?
8. Do you think being an influencer is a good job?
9. What would you say if your child wanted to be an influencer or professional gamer?
10. Do you think wanting to be an influencer or gamer is the same as wanting to be a famous actor or athlete these days?
11. Would you let your child sign with an esports team like Team 33?
12. What was your dream job as a child?
13. Do you follow any influencers or streamers?
14. Should children be helped or encouraged to be influencers or professional gamers?
15. Do you think childrens’ dream jobs will be very different 20 years from now?
16. What do you think about the millions of dollars people can win from esports?
17. Have you ever heard of the game Fortnite before this article?
18. What video games are popular in your country?
19. What is the opinion of children playing video games in your country?
20. Should children have a limit on how much they play games?