A 15-year-old Quebecer has distinguished himself in the world of eSports by winning the most important Fortnite video game tournament, accompanied by a purse of US $ 75,000.
In order to reach the top of the podium, Vincent Fortin, alias PaMstou, had to face big names in the middle and opponents sometimes twice as old as him. “There were as many participants from 13 [ans] than 33 years ”, he testifies.
Self-taught, the Rivière-du-Loup teenager trains about seven hours a day and has been playing since 2017.
“What I like most is being able to play with my friends and the feeling of winning. “
Despite his victory, Vincent Fortin keeps both feet on the ground.
“I was confident in my chances, but I was still surprised,” he said.
The teenager does not yet know what he plans to do with the tidy sum he won, but he remains reasonable. “I intend to keep the money for later, you never know what the future holds. “
The FNCS tournament, organized each year by Epic Games, the developer of the Fortnite game, was held on June 26 and 27.
It attracts thousands of participants at each edition.
Anyone can register and it’s when there are only 100 competitors still in the running that the money comes in.
A new team
The teenager’s victory did not go unnoticed.
He received many proposals from teams around the world.
He finally settled on Team 33, a Californian team, with an office in Vancouver.
“I already knew it was a good team. As soon as we started to discuss, I knew they would bring me a lot, ”says the player.
The video game enthusiast will now compete under their banner and represent them on social networks.
He will continue his studies and train as soon as he has time.
A societal phenomenon
Launched in 2017, Fortnite is an online game that offers users different play modes.
The most popular mode, Fortnite Battle Royale, where 100 players battle against each other in increasingly smaller spaces until only one remains, has seen massive excitement in a very short period of time. time.
In May 2020, the company Epic Games, which produces the game, announced that Fortnite had more than 350 million players. It therefore sits in the list of the most popular games alongside Minecraft.