Boy, 14, Makes £150,000 Playing Fortnite For Up To 18 Hours A Day

We've all got hobbies that we enjoy to partake in but what if yours could earn you upwards of $200,000 (£153,000). You'd be pretty chuffed, right?

Well, this teenage boy isn't complaining as he's making mega bucks by playing Fortnite each day.

Griffin Spikoski , 14, started earning the dollar nine months ago after uploading a video of himself beating a fellow Fortnite gamer which ended up raking in 7.5 million views.

The teen from Long Island is technically classed as an 'athlete' - in the professional sense that is of course - and he's known online as 'Sceptic'.

He plays to popular game for around eight hours a day during the week but then can spend up to 18 hours online at weekends.

Griffin Spikoski makes money from playing Fortnite. Credit: ABC
Griffin Spikoski makes money from playing Fortnite. Credit: ABC

Speaking to ABC, Griffin's dad Chris Spikoski explained that the family were 'blown away' when the money started rolling in but they are adamant that his homework comes first.

His dad said: "We try to keep him humble about it. We try to find the right balance between his school work and just keeping his priorities straight."

Griffin, who has more than a million YouTube subscribers, confessed that he spends too much time on the game, adding: "I play a lot." But he justifies it by saying: "I mean, it's kind of like my job."

Unlike most kids his age, Griffin is actually really sensible with the money he has earned, telling WABC-TV: "I'm just going to save it. If I go down the road or if this goes down or whatever, I can use it on college, a house - anything."

Griffin has a financial adviser and an accountant. Credit: ABC
Griffin has a financial adviser and an accountant. Credit: ABC

The Spikoski family set up a company called Sceptic Gaming Inc. they also hired a financial adviser and an accountant after Griffin started to earn money.

Mr Spikoski added: "I want parents to know that, you know, if their kids do enjoy playing games and they have a passion for it and they're really good at it, they should treat it as any other sport."

According to ABC, as well as having a strong following, the youngster has also made appearances for Samsung, PGA and the Miami Heat.

Griffin and his family will be travelling to Berlin next month for an international online video gaming convention.

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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