Kyle “Whofishy” Splett is a 17-year old professional Fortnite player for Optical Ambition based out of Chicago, Illinois. Whofishy started playing Fortnite competitively in the summer of 2019, while still attending school. He has almost $100,000 in earnings from Fortnite events, including a #1 place finish in a Trios Cash Cup, #8 place in the latest season of FNCS, and 22 other top ten finishes throughout his professional career.
Whofishy has around 60 000 subscribers on Youtube and 125 000 followers on Twitch where he streams regularly. For tournaments, he has been teaming up with Cazz and Sentinel’s Aspect, both of which are quite talented Fortnite players. Whofishy sat down with Gamelevate to discuss his reactions to placing 8th in the latest season, his background in gaming, chemistry with teammates, the future of Fortnite and a lot more.
To start, could you tell us about your background? When did you start playing games competitively? Was there any game you played before Fortnite? If so, what aspect of Fortnite motivated you to pursue it?
I started playing video games in 2010 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I always played CoD and sports games up until Fortnite was released. The first time I played Fortnite, I didn’t really like it. However, the more I played it, the more I fell in love with the game. In contrast to many other shooter games, it offered the experience of building structures to defend yourself. I loved this aspect of Fortnite from the beginning and have always tried to improve it in my own gameplay.
Which sports games did you play in particular? Do you still play them?
I played NBA 2K and NHL with my brother and my friends, but I only play Fortnite now.
Congratulations on placing 8th in the latest season of the Fortnite Champions Series (FNCS). Could you describe your initial reaction to this achievement?
I was very proud of placing 8th in the most recent FNCS season, especially since I had missed the two previous FNCS Grand Finals after failing to qualify through the heats. However, we qualified for the Grand Finals this time in the third weekly qualifiers which allowed us to skip heats. Our subpar performance on the first day of Grand Finals resulted in us placing 18th after the first day. Nonetheless, on the second day, we kept our vibes up and placed second in the day and 8th overall.
Is there any aspect of your gameplay that you felt needed improvement to place even higher?
Now that I’m out of school, I have much more time to improve my gameplay. Last season, we barely played scrims because Cazz and I were busy with school. This season, we’ll be playing scrims to be much more prepared for the FNCS.
How did you manage to balance these activities until your graduation?
I would do most of my schoolwork while I was in my classes and I would play as much Fortnite as I could after school ended. Since my school was remote, I could still live in Virginia for the 0 ping connection in the meantime.
Now that you no longer have school assignments and activities holding you back, what does a typical day in your life look like? Are there any side activities you indulge in apart from gaming?
My days currently consist of streaming, going to the gym and participating in competitive scrims. Besides that,
How would you describe the chemistry between yourself, SEN Aspect, and Cazz?
It is what every professional wants in their team. Instead of playing the blame game like many teams, we are all honest with our mistakes and work together to fix them. We always play better only because of our mentality, since we tend to just troll and vibe during every tournament.
The latest Season of Fortnite brought UFOs and new weapons like the Recon Scanner and the Rail Gun. What are your thoughts on these new additions in terms of competitive play?
UFOs, the Recon Scanner and the Rail Gun have been vaulted, and I am happy about this action. A lot of people wanted to see them reworked and balanced, but I honestly do not believe they belong in the game.
Although you are a controller player, have you ever played Fortnite with a keyboard and a mouse? How does the gameplay differ on each of these inputs in your opinion?
I actively play keyboard and mouse for fun on Fortnite, and I do believe it has its advantages over controllers. As a matter of fact, I use keyboard and mouse in every competitive game to get long-range tags as controllers do not have the required precision. Close-range aim and movement will always be better on a controller and there is no debating that, which is why I tend to switch back to the controller in the endgame.
You are signed with Optimal Ambition. How has been your experience with the organization so far?
Optimal Ambition has always treated me with the utmost respect and supported me as a player, which is why I really appreciate them and consider them as my second family.
What are your thoughts on the future of competitive Fortnite? Are you excited about the return of LANs?
There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Positive developer action in recent times gives me some hope for a brighter future. Furthermore, the return of LANs is extremely promising as it will bring some people, including professionals, back to Fortnite. I am very optimistic for the future of the game.
How do you think that the atmosphere around LANs will differ for you as a player?
Though I have never played in a big LAN, I never really get nervous. I honestly do not think it will affect me, but it might have an impact on other people who are prone to anxiety and nervousness.
You have been selected for the Fortnite All-Star Showdown. Do you think it will be nerve-wracking to compete against the best players from all over the region?
Playing in the All-Star Showdown is an exciting opportunity. While I will be competing against the best players in the region, I am really not nervous at all. Competing in solo tournaments has been my specialty, so I am very excited for a big solo tournament to be happening again.