15-year-old Benjy Fish (known as benjyfishy) has decided to ditch school to pursue his career as a professional Fortnite player. As fishy as this all sounds (sorry I couldn’t help myself) even his mom is in full support.
Anne Fish, who happens to be his manager, surprisingly encouraged him to continue his schooling at home so that he can focus on Fortnite. Benjy has been successful, having won £25,000 for playing the game so far and becoming one of the world’s top players. Furthermore, he’s qualified for both Solos and Duos in this year’s Fortnite World Cup, guaranteeing him another whopping £50,000. Should he win both, the potential prize money is £4 million – no pressure.
Starting his career wasn’t easy, seeing as his mother wasn’t initially too keen on it.
“My mum didn’t think I was all that good at it at first until I woke her up in the middle of the night to say I’d won £10,000 in an online competition against the top players in Europe.”
Upon hearing the news, one of his teachers joked that Benjy was making more than most of the staff at school.
The Fortnite World Cup will be taking place in New York this July. Should you drop out of school or quit your job to pursue a Fortnite career? Probably not, but it’s great to see esports growing across the globe.