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Furloughed Floorer Becomes Professional Gamer Who Has Earned Over £7K In A Month

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Furloughed Floorer Becomes Professional Gamer Who Has Earned Over £7K In A Month

A man who was furloughed from his job as a floor layer back in April has turned the coronavirus pandemic to his advantage by becoming a professional gaming streamer on Facebook.

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.

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Here's Harry in his old job. Credit: Harry Mullinder
Here's Harry in his old job. Credit: Harry Mullinder

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.

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"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."

Now, in his new role. Credit: Harry Mullinder
Now, in his new role. Credit: Harry Mullinder
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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. "

It clearly works.

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Here he is mid-game. Credit: Harry Mullinder
Here he is mid-game. Credit: Harry Mullinder

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.

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"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'."

Harry's even saving up for a house with the income from streaming. Credit: Harry Mullinder
Harry's even saving up for a house with the income from streaming. Credit: Harry Mullinder

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

Topics: UK News, Money, Interesting, Facebook

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