The German is truly hooked to Fortnite and if reports are to be believed, he’s all set to become an e-athlete.
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil is all set to join esports after retiring from football, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut. The prolific midfielder who dazzled us with his playmaking skills in football will reportedly join the world of professional gaming. The German national who currently plays for the Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe will be entering the world of esports once his contract with Fenerbahçe expires.
This isn’t the first time a footballer will be joining esports- Ronaldinho, Ruud Gullit and Gareth Bale are some names which are associated with the world of esports. All these aforementioned players have their own esports organizations through which they are pushing the limits of professional gaming.
Fortnite, Ozil and a lot more
Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut told The Telegraph, “I think he will not play football in any other club any more. I can’t see that – it will be Fenerbahce and that’s it.”
He further said, “He will go more into esports, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete. He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing. He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players. He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like Fifa, and Fortnite.”
It looks like Mesut Ozil wants to take his passion for esports further after he is done playing at Fenerbahçe.
The German plays Fortnite regularly and has played more than 5,221 battle royale matches, achieving more than 600 wins in the game. Mesut Ozil started his Twitch channel in 2018 and it currently has 175k followers. Fortnite has a large fanbase and is watched by millions of people around the world. The Fortnite World Cup held in 2019 was one of the biggest tournaments in the history of esports with a prize pool of 30 million USD.
Did Ozil injure his back due to Fortnite?
Ozil’s commitment to gaming stirred up an online conspiracy theory during his time at Arsenal. After Ozil missed out on a big game due to a back injury, Le Grove, an Arsenal blogger, claimed that sitting on the chair and playing for hours was the reason for the midfielder’s back pain.
In August 2018, Ozil launched M10 Esports in partnership with esports agency eSportsReputation. The organization focused solely on Fifa during its initial days. After making their foray in Fifa they included the blockbuster battle royale Fortnite.