Press Mentions

"The highlight of most children's eighth birthday is blowing out the candles on their cake. However, for Joseph Deen, it was blowing the ink dry on his freshly-signed contract to be a professional gamer. Joseph is the youngest-ever paid Fortnite player, after signing with Team 33 in December last year..."

“We are beyond excited to have Joseph on our exclusive Team 33 roster. We have secretly been scouting talent for our roster and games over the last few years and are proud to officially sign Joseph.” Deen, who has been practicing with the team since he was 6, received a $33,000 signing bonus and a gaming setup valued at $5,000..."

"The latest under-10 to make money out of his hobby is Joseph Deen, a Californian eight-year-old who just signed a contract with Team 33, a professional eSports team based in his home state, according to the BBC. Deen has been playing Fortnite since he was four years old, and picked up the notice of one of Team 33's scouts a while back..."

"If nothing else, Team 33 certainly made a splash when it arrived on the esports scene earlier this month. In a press release, the previously unknown organization boasted of a Hollywood team house that had already played host to big names like Janelle Monáe, Post Malone, and Drake. But it wasn’t glitz and glamour..."

"The esports community was blown away by the recent signing of an eight-year-old Fortnite content creator. A newly formed esports organization called Team 33 signed eight-year-old Joseph Deen to their Fortnite squad for a $33,000 signing bonus. The young gamer was also given a $5,000 gaming setup..."

"At eight years old, most of us were probably playing with our friends or being reminded to do our homework.... that's not the case for all eight-year-olds — apparently, some are already on huge salaries. California-born Joseph Deen signed a $33,000 contract with highly selective eSports team Team 33..."

"Joseph initially signed up to the team in December, catching the eye of Team 33 scouts. The team then offered Deen the chance to participate in daily training. Team 33’s Chief Executive, Tyler Gallagher, has since told the BBC: “One of my scouts got in touch and said, ‘I’ve got to know this kid called Joseph and he is insanely good'...”

"An eight-year-old Fortnite player has been signed to the newly launched esport group, Team 33 as they complete their team roster. According to sports reporter Darren Rovell on Twitter, Joseph Deen has been signed to Team 33, with whom he has been training since he was six. As part of his contract, he has allegedly received..."

"Deen takes a lot of his inspiration from the current world champion, Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf: My dream is to be like Bugha and play like him. I look up to him because no-one took him seriously until he won the World Cup and I feel the same, as no-one took me seriously until I was signed by Team 33..."

"His record is closely followed by eight-year-old California native Joseph Deen, who signed a $33,000 (£26,000) contract in December with Team 33. The remarkable youth of these players isn’t unique in the industry, however. Gamer ‘Mongraal’ signed to Twitch, the gaming livestream platform, three years ago – at the age of 13..."

"The scouting team for Team 33 trained with Dean in one-on-one matches in the battle royale from the time he was six, two years after he began playing the game. His parents have placed his sign-on bonus in a savings account until he is of age. While the team is ready to play Dean in tournaments..."

"Imagine being eight years old and getting $33,000 along with a $5,000 PC after becoming a pro gamer. For Joseph Deen, better known as Gosu, this became a reality last December when he signed with eSports organization Team 33, making him the second-youngest professional gamer ever. California-based Deen..."

"Team 33 made the signing of Joseph official at the team’s headquarters with one of the celebrity ambassadors Kaash Paige. The headquarters is a luxurious property in the Hollywood Hills and serves as the team’s main training grounds. It is known as House 33 and is an award-winning property designed for gamers, entrepreneurs, and music artists..."

"In an interview with BBC, the 8-year-old said that he had dreamt of being a professional gamer since his childhood, however, none took him seriously until Team 33 offered him the opportunity. Further, the kid that aces in the first-person-style shooting and building game separately told Associated Press..."