Teen Boy Quits School To Become Full-Time Gamer And Has Earned £25,000
If you didn't already know that there's a lot of money to be had from playing games such as Fortnite you will soon realise because Benjy Fish is on the right tracks to take home part of a prize pool of £23,000,000 ($29.1m).
The 15-year-old from Middlesex, London, turned professional in February earlier this year - he's already earned himself £25,000 ($31,600) and has just guaranteed himself a nice little £50,000 ($63,300). Not bad for four months graft, is it?
While many of his peers will be knuckling down to take their GCSE exams, Benjy has actually quit school and is being home-tutored instead.
The teenager, who currently has 156,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel benjyfishy, claims that he was behind at school and playing Fortnite into the early hours, seven days a week.
In an article on the Mirror, Benjy outlines how it all began, saying: "When my mum suggested I quit school earlier this year to play computer games full-time, I couldn't believe my ears. I'd always dreamed of being an eSports professional since I was about 13 years old.
"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."
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Benjy claims that things got so bad that he was nearly nodding off in school lessons but be struck lucky when his mum, Anne, saw that with his talent he might have a chance of making it.
She suggested that her son could switch to homeschooling and that's what happened.
Benjy added: "Now I can play until 4am and get up at 2pm in the afternoon. That way I can concentrate on gaming as a full-time career. Tutors visit me later in the day to fit in my GCSE work, which I'm going to split over three years instead of the usual two."
Benjy says that leaving school was 'definitely the best thing' for him... in fairness, what 15-year-old kid isn't going to say that?
Outlining his financial goals, Benjy said that just getting to the Fortnite World Cup in New York has meant that he's secured himself the £50k but there is a cool £23 million up for grabs.
You might be wondering how a kid aged 15 would spend that money? Well, this one has it all figured out.
He told the Mirror: "I don't know what I'd buy myself but I'd love to buy a house for my mum and I. My dad passed away from cancer when I was only eight months old and we were made homeless and have been renting ever since. A place we could call our own would be brilliant."
What a thoughtful LAD. Good luck, Benji.
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