- The esports organisation Team 33 has signed a professional contract with 8-year-old Joseph Deen.
- For the signature, the kid received 33 thousand dollars and a gaming PC.
The 8-year-old Joseph Deen signed a contract with the esports organization Team 33, taking $33,000 for the signature and a gaming PC worth $5,000.
Known under his nickname Gos33, Deen has been training with Team 33 for two years. The organization decided that the end of 2020 is the right time to sign a professional contract, making Joseph one of the youngest profesional esports competitors.
"It's a dream come true! While many other teams didn't take me seriously due to my young age, Team 33 scouted me through Fortnite games and let me train and learn with them daily. I couldn't be happier today to become an official member of the team."
This is how an eight-year-old commented on the information. One of the founders of Team 33, Tyler Gallagher, also seems to be satisfied with the move.
"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. We made it a point to train him over the past few years because young gamers are the future, and we want to start training them early. He has shown incredible tenacity and commitment to the team over the last two years and has trained almost daily with our team. It has now finally all paid off and is a momentous day for all of us."
So we see the beginning of a broader trend known for example from football, where growing competition among older players is pushing clubs to look for and buy younger and younger players. Team 33's move may seem controversial, but it is likely that such behavior will become the norm in the next few years.
- Team 33 Studios - official homepage