More and more young teenagers are getting involved in the eSports scene nowadays, especially in Fornite. Part of this was due to the support from young parents, who used to be those kids spending their whole day playing video games. However, rarely any parent would dare to let their child drop out of school to become a professional player. This is the case of David Herzog and his son Jordan.
Jordan, also known as Crimz in Fornite, plays video games from 8 to 10 hours a day while he only attends online classes for a few hours in-between. David did whatever he can to support his son on the professional player career path. He bought his son a total of $30,000 worth of gaming equipment, canceled family vacations that would interrupt his son's training and even go to the extent that he bought his son a Maserati car with his gaming tag on his license plate.
It was David who removed his son from school to go after the eSports career path, saying that it is the way to get fame, success, and respect.
“I’ve been breeding him for this,” David says.
David himself has been working in the video game industry for a long time and claimed to be one of the “top-15 eBay sellers in the world” by trading video games. He is now working in the producing gaming merchandise and clothing business.
David says that he can see the explosive growth of eSports a long time ago and let his son play video games since he was 3 years old. At 7, Jordan was competent with Halo. At 12, he won a local tournament and earned his first prize money.
Of course, David had to face many criticisms for removing his son from school. However, he thinks that it was just the social bias as “because it’s video games, it’s child abuse.” He explains that he feels terrible for kids who play football just as much as other people feel terrible for his son and that his son can learn "more from video games than people learn from a book.”
As for the school who thought that they could give his son a better future, he sent them the approximate amount of money Jordan could earn in the Fornite World Cup after the boy qualified for it.
David does recognize the social problems his son might face in the future as Jordan has done very little social activities. However, he insists that his son is having a “major moment right now, and we’ve got to take advantage of it.” So far, Jordan earned a total of $60,000 from playing video games, which is managed by David to invest in Jordan's future.