Mum Encourages Gamer Son Who's Made More Than £500,000 Playing Fortnite
A mum's unwavering support of her son's e-sport career is paying off, with the teen already earning £500,000 playing Fortnite.
Benjy Fish, 16, spends up to 12 hours a day gaming at his home in Sunbury, Surrey - but while a lot of mothers would be trying to limit their kid's screen time, his mum Anne fully supports him and has hired a private tutor to ensure he keeps up with his education.
She even sends him to the gym to ensure he keeps fit.
The teen has made more than £500,000 since launching his career shortly after he turned 15 - with Anne saying he picked up £75,000 after qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup.
Mum-of-two Anne is now hoping to remove some of the negative ideas parents have about gaming.
She said: "We began home schooling so he could put the hours in to practice. A lot of the tournaments are in the evenings or overnight.
"Tutors could come in and work around the tournament schedules. I think we need to see gamers like aspiring actors, who are often home schooled."
Benjy started gaming after a knee condition put an end to his sporting ambitions and has since gone on to become one of the most successful Fortnite players in the world with 2.3 million followers on Instagram.
Benjy, or benjyfishy as he's known to his followers, has said he's saving up to buy his mum a house.
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He said: "I would like to buy a house for my family.
"We have always been renting since my dad passed away when I was eight months old so it would be nice to be able to help out."
Anne - who is an e-sports mentor and also has tens of thousands of followers on social media - believes that gaming can offer routes into employment for teens.
She said: "The whole stigma about children playing games is one of the main things I'm trying to address.
"There are so many transferable skills children can learn. They understand leadership and team building.
"Only a small percentage make it as a pro gamer, as it's similar to becoming a professional footballer or getting to the West End.
"There is the whole infrastructure around e-sports, which provides opportunities to kids. You can go into management, streaming or become a coach - there are a lot of skills that can be learned which can help you in future careers."
Anne took part in Kaspersky's first-ever Mum's Got Game panel show, advising parents on looking after gaming children, on YouTube last week.
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