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Joseph Deen is eight-years-old, he has just been signed by a professional esports team. He is the youngest person to become a professional Fortnite gamer. He was signed by the esports team “Team 33” in December. They signed him because he is so good. One of the scouts for the team said they had to sign him before another team did. He was paid $33,000 as a signing bonus for joining 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 because he is not old enough. He has to be 13 before he can play in competitions with prize money. Team 33 say they want to help him improve so he is even better when he is old enough to enter the competitions. They also want to make YouTube videos about his training and sell merchandise with his brand. There is huge prize money to be won from gaming competitions and esports teams invest a lot of money in their players. The prize money for the first Fortnite World Cup was $3 million. Joseph hopes to win the Fortnite World Cup when he is older. There has been one Fortnite World Cup so far. The first Fortnite World Cup winner was just 16 years old. Joseph wants to be like him. 

Professional gaming is becoming more popular. Many games are played for big prize money and players can also earn millions from Twitch or YouTube streaming. Eight of the top 10 Fortnite players who have earned the most money are under 18. Being a professional gamer is something that many kids aspire to be these days. It is one of the most popular dreams for kids along with being an influencer or streamer.

Difficult Words

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

Scout (n/v): A person who looks for certain things, usually connected to work.

Merchandise (n): Things sold and bought.

Invest (v): To spend money on something that might make you money.

Streaming (v): Watching a video through the internet without downloading it.

Aspire (v): To dream to do something.

Influencer (n): A person who has many followers online and uses that to sell products or ideas.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Scout A. Dream
 2. Merchandise B. Famous online person.
 3. Streaming C. Things sold.
 4. Aspire D. Person searching.
 5. Influencer E. Watch online.

True or False?

1. Joseph Deen was signed by a professional football team. T / F

2. Joseph is a a teenager. T / F

3. Team 33 has not given Joseph any money yet. T / F

4. Joseph was given a new gaming PC. T / F

5. The Fortnite World Cup has taken place every year for the last five years. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. is / They / so / good / because / he / signed / him

3. was / $33,000 / paid / He / bonus / signing / as / a

4. money / Joseph / not / is / compete / for / to / allowed

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

SignedDreamsGaming
CompetitionsPrizeMillions

Joseph Deen is eight-years-old, he has just been (1)___________ by a professional esports team. He is the youngest person to become a professional Fortnite gamer. He was signed by the esports team “Team 33” in December. They signed him because he is so good. One of the scouts for the team said they had to sign him before another team did. He was paid $33,000 as a signing bonus for joining the team. He was also given a new (2)____________ PC. The team want him to compete in competitions when he is older. 

Joseph is not allowed to compete for money yet because he is not old enough. He has to be 13 before he can play in (3)________________ with prize money. Team 33 say they want to help him improve so he is even better when he is old enough to enter the competitions. They also want to make YouTube videos about his training and sell merchandise with his brand. There is huge prize money to be won from gaming competitions and esports teams invest a lot of money in their players. The (4)__________ money for the first Fortnite World Cup was $3 million. Joseph hopes to win the Fortnite World Cup when he is older. There has been one Fortnite World Cup so far. The first Fortnite World Cup winner was just 16 years old. Joseph wants to be like him. 

Professional gaming is becoming more popular. Many games are played for big prize money and players can also earn (5)___________ from Twitch or YouTube streaming. Eight of the top 10 Fortnite players who have earned the most money are under 18. Being a professional gamer is something that many kids aspire to be these days. It is one of the most popular (6)__________ for kids along with being an influencer or streamer.

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?