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One-armed Fortnite player and his twin brother join LDN UTD’s Futures program: ‘I really want to show other disabled people what they can do and inspire them’

A one-armed teenager and his twin brother are both hoping to become Fortnite pros after joining social purpose-driven UK esports organisation LDN UTD.

14-year-old Ryan Wilson, who was born with one arm, started gaming at seven years old with the help of his brother, Jayden. They’d play Joy Ride on their Xbox 360 using the motion sensing device Kinect.

“I needed to do star jumps,” Ryan said. “But I couldn’t do them properly, as I didn’t have a right arm. So, Jayden would stand behind me, and act as my right arm.”

Today, the boys, who live in Great Paxton, Cambridgeshire, are estimated to be in the top 10,000 Fortnite players globally, despite playing on old machines and less than stellar Wi-Fi. Hence the requirement now to find a broadband and PC supplier.

LDN UTD says it ‘nurtures, develops and educates young talent, and is providing the infrastructure and professional coaching to get the boys to the next level’ as part of its Futures program.

Fortnite coach Darz has been brought on board to work with them.

“I really want to show other disabled people what they can do. I want to use my experience, hopefully my success, to inspire them to do the same. To show others that absolutely anything is possible.”

Ryan Wilson, LDN UTD

“We’re so excited,” Ryan said. “We’ve got so much to learn. I know with the support of LDN UTD we’ll both be able to turn pro.

“I really want to show other disabled people what they can do. I want to use my experience, hopefully my success, to inspire them to do the same. To show others that absolutely anything is possible.”

The boys are in the top sets for most subjects at school. They box several times a week with their dad, and Jayden is also a keen footballer.

“To become pros, you need to be in top condition, physically and mentally, so we work on every aspect of our game,” Jayden added. “It’s about far more than just spending hours and hours gaming. When Ryan does well, I want to do even better! We push each other the whole time.”

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the boys,” LDN UTD’s CEO Oliver Weingarten commented. “I have been impressed with their incredible skill and drive. Ryan has such resilience and an incredible in-game IQ and Jayden is a natural leader.

“With the right equipment and support, I can see them climbing the rankings. I can’t wait to see how high they can both go.”

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