Call of Duty: Warzone: 14-year-old skips school to celebrate winning $75k tournament


For the majority of us, winning a huge amount of money as a young teenager is nothing more than a pipe dream.

However, for 14-year-old gamer 'Rivs,' that dream just became a reality as he and his partner Alex 'Destroy' Benabe landed themselves a huge cash prize playing Call of Duty: Warzone.

The total prize pool of the tournament's final was a whopping $75,000, leaving the winners with the lion's share of $28,000 to split between them, with the remaining money filtered down for second, third, fourth and so on.

In the grand scheme of e-sports competitions, it might not seem like a crazy amount of money, but $14,000 at the age of 14 is nothing to be sniffed at, especially considering the players earned this money sitting behind a computer screen.

Rivs and Alex barely made their way through the qualifying rounds that included a total of 120 duos lining up for a crack at the prize, making their finals win even more impressive.

So, of course, Rivs celebrated in the same way most of us would at that age; by taking the next day off school.

Hardly the most rock-and-roll celebrations, but at 14 he doesn't yet have the luxury of being able to go out and party hard.

It seems his parents didn't mind too much either as Rivs stated: "They couldn’t believe me and were super proud of me and just were super shocked.”

An understandable reaction to your 14-year-old son revealing he has just earned $14,000 for playing a video game.



When asked what he planned on using the prize money for, Rivs responded: “For sure, probably Mother’s Day.”

That's definitely one way to ensure his parents will allow him to continue down the road to becoming a full-time professional gamer.

Rivs also said that he understood it was "a lot of money" and he hadn't made any other major decisions as of yet.

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