Who is Mongraal?
Mongraal is an England based professional gamer who is currently signed to FaZe Clan, a popular North American e-sports team. His actual name is Kyle Jackson and Mongraal is his gamer tage. Still in school, Mhe ranks among the best professional players of Fortnite, an online shooter survival video game that is played by millions around the world. Before Fortnite though, he was dominating the competition in other first-person and third-person action shooter games like Call of Duty, H1Z1 King of the Hill, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The speed at which he cycles between firearms; quick decision-making when it comes to creating and editing constructs and spotting opposition from a distance and amending his approach by predicting their moves are just some of the things that make him an attractive player to watch. It’s no surprise why his Fortnite gameplay streams on Twitch and YouTube attract millions of views. When he got signed by a professional gaming team in 2018, he was all but 13 years old, making him the youngest ever pro gamer in the world to have graced the e-sport scene.
Early Life & Foray Into Professional Gaming
Mongraal was born on August 13, 2004 in Kent, England. Like every kid these days, he got introduced to PC games at a young age (around eight years old).
His first foray into competitive multiplayer gaming was by way of the ‘Call of Duty’ series. He soon switched his attention to ‘H1Z1 King of the Hill’, an online, multiplayer, first person shooter/survival game that pits players against each other.
Another game that he played a lot competitively in that period was ‘Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)’. Developed by Valve, CS:GO is yet another first person shooter video game with two teams where each team is tasked with taking down the other while also ensuring they fulfill secondary objectives.
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Fortnite to Fame
When the online third-person shooter dropped in 2017, it came in two flavors, one of which was the free-to-play, ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ playable in solo, duo or team mode that went on to amass over 125 million players in less than a year of its release. The concept is simple: up to 100 players’ characters are air-dropped weaponless onto an ever-shrinking map, and they have to fight each other off till the last man (or woman).
The numerous hours Mongraal spent honing his skills and strategies on H1Z1 and CS:GO immensely helped him get a strong footing in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Such was his success rate that he got signed by Europe-based ‘Team Secret’ in April 2018, thus making him the world’s youngest pro gamer. That same month, he also gave an interview to BBC as he had also become the #1 British Fortnite Player.
His first pro tournament for Team Secret was the BP Open Duos, held in July 2018, where he and Domentos secured a 5th place finish. The duo went on to win the POG Duo tournament in September 2018. In the solo category, Mongraal won the Cooler Cup in February 2019 and Share The Love (Europe circuit) a month later for Team Secret. Soon enough, FaZe Clan, a North American based e-sport bigwig came calling for Mongraal. He finally joined them on July 7, 2019 after they agreed to transfer terms with Team Secret.
The Summer Skirmish Controversy
Hosted by Fortnite, ‘Summer Skirmish’ is a weekly tournament that pits gamers from around the world in the online Battle Royale tournament. However, in 2018, Mongraal was not allowed to compete as he was deemed too young for the tournament which had an age limit of 16-years and above.
Not surprisingly, many of his fans supported the stand that he be allowed to take part in the tournament given his insane skill level. They felt that age restrictions in video game tournaments were being incorrectly applied when it came to young and exciting players like Mongraal.
Mongraal’s parents, while supportive of what he does, (his father has accompanied him to many Fortnite competitions in and out of the country) have set out clear rules about curfew times, and when he can play. From his side, he ensures he is doing well in school and uses the free time and holidays to practice and perfect his gaming craft.