Furloughed Floorer Becomes Professional Gamer Who Has Earned Over £7K In A Month
Now, in one month - a very good month, admittedly - he's earned as much as £7,100, and has never once earned less than he did in his previous job.
When the pandemic hit in Spring last year, 25-year-old Harry Mullinder decided that he had to find something else other than work to fill his day.
So, he began streaming Call of Duty: Warzone online. Months later, he's doing it full-time and has turned it into a new and exciting career.
Harry - who streams under the name BeanBolt - started out playing games to relieve boredom, without realising that it would start paying his bills within a matter of months.
He even put the skills from his previous job to work building a special game-streaming area alongside his dad at their Southport home.
He explained: "When I was furloughed, it felt strange. The first week was like a holiday, the second week dragged.
"In the third week I knew I had to get some sort of schedule together, one that work usually was.
"Throughout the early weeks of furlough I found myself scrolling Facebook and seeing these streamers with hundreds of viewers, but none were talking back to their chat.
"This is where I had an idea."
Whilst Harry describes himself as a 'half decent' Warzone player, he argues that 'kills and wins are second to creating content for me' which is why people stick around.
He continued: "Me and my chat have a great laugh whilst playing, which does sometimes, cost me my life, but it's all fun and games as I'm there to entertain.
"There are a lot better players out there than me if people want to see crazy high kill games. "
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It clearly works.
Harry added: "Having played Call of Duty religiously since the first modern warfare dropped, it's always been something when I had spare time I'd play.
"If you ever played Modern Warfare 2, you grow thick skin to the banter and insults that comes along with it.
"When I'm live I set it out to be as interactive as possible with my chat, not just those who paid to send a star message, but to everyone.
"I treat all my viewers equal, whether they pay to or have just tuned in that day for the first time."
After a while, Facebook noticed what he was doing and offered him a partnership. Harry says that he's the fastest person to be offered a partnership after starting from nothing.
That's when he realised that it could be a career, if he wanted it to be.
"The decision to go full time was not easy," he says. "Since I turned 16 I was straight into work, I did a few years at McDonald's, then moved onto becoming a floor layer.
"Work for me has always been 9am-5pm, so this major change this late into my working life is bizarre.
"The support I received in December to go full time was unreal, I'd prefer for all this to fail than think back in 10 years and think 'What if'."
Now he earns a good wage through his content, and hopes to expand his reach and following as he goes by working hard and continuing to provide his streamers with something a bit different.
He concluded: "The money you earn from streaming is based on the hours you put in.
"There's no hourly wage, so you want to make your content appealing as possible.
"The money I earn covers my bills and is helping to save for a house deposit!"
Featured Image Credit: Harry Mullinder
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