Last month, wielding a Xbox controller in the comfort of his bedroom, Velazquez, a junior at Lake Stevens High School, won the North American Scholastic Esports Federation's spring 2021 national championship in"Madden 21 coins," the most recent rendition of this long-running soccer video game.
Simply saying he won might be underselling Velazquez's performance. He dominated.
Internet lag and a pesky younger brother provided more hardship than his opponents.
MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and star wide receiver Davante Adams, along with the team's rapid pace, created the style of play perfect, Velazquez said.
It was not the Super Bowl, but tens of thousands of people watched Velazquez's functionality live, and a recording of the matchup has logged over 340,000 views on the streaming agency Twitch. Officials from Washington's high school esports institution believe Velazquez is the state's first esports national champion.
"People were already only interacting with Buy Mut 21 coins each other online, digitally, and so it was a really natural expansion," explained Trevor Wood, an 11th-grade English instructor and adviser for the school's video game club. "The district and the school were really interested in the video game club thriving, because it was one of the only methods children could interact with one another socially."