NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Think about this article the next time you yell at your kid about playing video games.
Aydan Conrad is one of the most recognizable faces in the world of Esports.
He grew up in North Ridgeville, in a trailer home just 20 miles west of Cleveland, he now lives in a luxury apartment space in Irvine, California. - All thanks to gaming.
He makes thousands - hundreds of thousands of dollars playing video games and he’s only 20 years of age.
His game of choice is Fortnite, a multiplayer, virtual game that has taken over since it’s initial release in 2017.
In the Esports world he is known by his moniker ‘Ghost Aydan.’
Aydan earns revenue by playing in tournaments and streaming online via Twitch.
Fans watch his battles online by following him on his social media outlets and YouTube channel.
He got his love of gaming from his father, Justin, pictured below:
Aydan started playing the game as soon as it released in July of 2017, for hours on end.
“It was bad," Aydan admitted, I wasn’t doing homework. I was just going to school, chucking my bag and playing the game until it was time for school again."
At the time, he was doing some streaming online and taking wager matches to make money on the side.
But following his graduation from North Ridgeville High School it was time for the talk.
From that moment he went into overdrive, months later he won his first tournament, and that’s been the trend ever since.
Earlier this year, Ghost Aydan penned a contract with GhostGaming, he’s become a figure head for the team.
He even games with his father, who plays in his downtime from their family home.
Users can play Fortnite on PlayStation 4, Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems.
Professional gaming may not be for everyone, but there are definitely benefits from taking the hobby serious.
Across the U.S., colleges and universities are forming competitive teams.