Dad Lets Son Drop Out from High School to Become Professional Fortnite Player

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While most parents believe that playing video games is a waste of time and should only be done sparingly, there are also parents who support their children in such activities – particularly because it could actually earn them a lot of money!

Matt Mackechnie admits that he used to be one of those parents who put limits on their children’s screen time. He never imagined that some years later, he would actually let his son drop out from high school so he could focus on gaming to become a professional Fortnite player! Whoa.

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We have always been very strict on screens. We wanted him to focus on his studies during the week so we made sure he was only gaming on the weekends,” Dad Matt said.

But Alex Mackechnie, 17, still managed to become so good at gaming that he would soon earn a lot of money by participating in contests. Soon, he was even earning more than his dad!

Proud dad Matt shared that Alex nearly made it to the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, missing out on the qualifiers by just one place! With the competition winners sharing the prize pool worth $30 million, joining this World Cup is certainly a gamer’s dream come true!

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Seeing that his son has potential, Dad Matt decided to allow him to focus on his training to become a professional Fortnite player.

It wasn’t until last year we thought, ‘Wow, this is serious.’ We thought, ‘How would you support your child if they were a top swimmer and the Olympics was that year?’” he explained.

You would do everything you can to support them. E-sports is no different, so we are using this year as a gap year for Alex (to compete).

Photo credit: Matt Mackechnie

Alex enjoys gaming but still plans on completing a degree in business when he goes back to school.

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