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He's 9 Years Old and a Video-Game Circuit Star

Victor M. De Leon III has been playing video games on the professional circuit for five years now, racking up thousands of dollars in prizes and endorsements at tournaments around the country. He has a national corporate sponsor, a publicist and a Web site, with 531 photos chronicling his career. A documentary filmmaker has been following him for months.

Victor weighs 56 pounds and likes to watch SpongeBob SquarePants at his home here on Long Island. He celebrated his 9th birthday last month with a trip to a carnival and a vanilla cake. He gets above-average marks in the third grade, where he recently drew a dragon for art class.

The appropriately named Victor - better known to cyber rivals and fans as Lil' Poison - is thought to be the world's youngest professional gamer; Guinness has called about listing him in its book of World Records. Starting on Friday, he is set to be among 2,500 competitors in the three-day Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Event at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, battling for titles like the titan on the Xbox game Halo 2 and prizes up to $20,000.

Asked what he thinks about the fuss over his virtual exploits, Victor shrugged with shy indifference. Pressed, he mumbled: "I don't know. I didn't think about it."

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SuperSaiyan43517d ago

Give me a break this is totally BS what a crap article!

9yo elite gamer eh? LMFAO!

Systematrix3517d ago

just because he would pwn you.

fenderputty3517d ago

as well as doing fine in school, I don't see why his parents are stupid. I hope the kid makes millions doing something he clearly loves. OOO ... and I'm sure he'd own your arss.

jaydesi3517d ago (Edited 3517d ago )

Try reading the bloody article BOTH pages.

the boy is clearly forced to play and earn that sort of money cos his dads a complete bum!.

Expy3517d ago

He's been on the professional circuit for games since he was 4?

closedxxx3517d ago

I watched him on G4TV as he stomped the host of ATTACK of THE SHOW (a guy in his mid 20s). He seemed like an ordinary, shy 8 year old at the time.
If Pro video gaming takes off, this kid will be at the forefront.

Expy3517d ago

What happens when games start requiring some sort of academic knowledge? lol

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