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8-year-old gamer joins esports team, receives $33K signing bonus

Joseph Deen

Eight-year-old Joseph Deen is about to become one of the youngest esports players in the world. Joseph, who is now known as 33 Gosu, is joining Team 33.

As part of the deal, Joseph received a gaming setup worth over $5,000 and a $33,000 signing bonus. In a press release announcing the deal, the team said that Joseph had been training since he was just six years old.

“It’s a dream come true!” says Joseph Deen, when asked to comment on his new signing. “While many other teams didn’t take me seriously due to my young age, Team 33 scouted me through Fornite games and let me train and learn with them daily. I couldn’t be happier today to become an official member of the team.”

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Team 33 made the signing of Joseph official at the team’s headquarters with one of the celebrity ambassadors, Kaash Paige. The headquarters is located in Hollywood Hills and serves as the team’s main training grounds. It is known as House 33, a property designed for gamers, entrepreneurs, and music artists.

“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,” says Tyler Gallagher, CEO of Regal Assets and one of the founders of Team 33.

“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,” Gallagher adds.

Team 33 says that it is “currently focusing on training its existing roster as well as very selectively scouting for new talent across multiple games.” The team plans to finalize and announce its gaming roster soon for 2021. They plan to compete in FortniteCS:GODota 2, League of LegendsCall of Duty, and Valorant.