A 16-year-old high schooler from New Jersey just earned a spot at the Fortnite World Cup — a video gaming competition that boasts a $30 million prize pool.
Jared Elwood, who plays under the handle "Eclipsae" (pronounced eclipse-ay) is a junior at Glassboro High School in New Jersey. He is one of 200 top performing Fortnite players from around the world that are heading to New York for the World Cup.
The sold-out competition will take place from July 26 to July 28 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, which can seat over 23,000 people.
"I thought he was doing awesome and would make a little a bit of money, but I didn’t expect this to happen,” said Beth Elwood, Jared’s mother. "I was quite shocked.”
Just for participating in the Fortnite World Cup, Jared gets $75,000 to split with his duo partner, "Tetchra," a 16-year-old from Florida.
If the two win the competition, they could earn $3 million. "I would probably invest it,” Jared said about the prize money.