Thiago Lapp is 13 years old and found himself in the middle of a sort of media storm at the end of July,
when he was fifth in the first Fortnite world tournament in solo competition, and received 900 thousand dollars in prizes (plus another 50 thousand for his participation in the competition in pairs with Tadeo Timmermann).
Besieged by the press, his father Ramón preferred the low profile for the family and avoided statements upon his return to the country. But now Thiago Lapp joined the Argentine team of 9z professional gamers, and in a promotional video he told Frankkaster, the founder of
9z, which won the National League of Legends (LoL) video game competition ten days ago and secured a place in the LoL world championship.
Thiago "King" Lapp talks about his time at the Fortnite World Tournament
In dialogue with Frankkaster, Thadeo Lapp said that after the tournament his life did not change much: he still gets up every day at 7.30 am to go to school (where except for a couple of friends no one relates him to the boy who won almost a million dollars in a video game) and still interested in competing professionally: "I started thinking about being professional when I was about to qualify, and from there I started thinking about it as my project for the next few years."
Frankkaster consulted what many ask him: what will he do with the prize money (which is already
away from the million dollars, after withholding taxes): "buy a house for my family and many lollipops," he said.
Today he lives with his dad and his five brothers in Talar de Pacheco.
Thiago said he began playing Counter Strike in his various variants at age 9 and then went on to Fornite when he appeared in 2017; He was attracted to the possibility of making constructions in the game, a feature that distinguishes Fortnite from other Battle Royale video games, and supported the presence of the wicks, giant robots that some Fortnite players consider an excessive presence in the game.
Frankkaster asked him how it felt to be at the Arthur Ashe stadium, where 20 thousand people watched the competition (and another 2 million followed it online): "I just focused on my screen, and thought I was playing in my house; and I ran, as I always do, "he said.