Former Bingo Caller Quits Job To Stream Video Games For A Living
You would think that in 2019 we're at the stage where everybody understands that it's OK for both men and women to play video games, without being discriminated against.
Apparently not though, as female gamer Amy Bayliss, 22, from Solihull, can vouch for.
She's revealed how she is sexually harassed on the regular while making a living through live-streaming herself playing games.
A former bingo caller, Amy quadrupled her wages after she quit her job to let fans pay to watch her game on streaming site Twitch.
Popular with Fortnite streamers, the site is home to Amy's 5000 followers and is predominantly used by men, who make up over 80 per cent of users at the start of last year.
Amy says she struggles to be taken seriously, getting called 'beautiful' and a 'slut' while trying to do her job, which makes her over £3000 a month.
Although she says that she doesn't see a problem with women looking for sexual attention online, her streams are completely innocent - her mum even tunes in to watch her sometimes.
She says that there is nothing sexual to her live streams: "I sit in my T-shirt, play video games and have banter with whoever is watching me.
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"Most of my viewers are men aged from 25 to 50 plus. They can comment on my live stream and interact with me. There shouldn't be anything weird about it just because I'm a woman.
"Some have called me a slut, or constantly called me beautiful, but if that happens, I just block them."
Although Amy is flying the flag for women gamers everywhere, she still believes there is a way to go to make sure the industry is free from sexism.
"Anyone can game or stream. I've been pretty lucky considering I don't get that much hate or sexism, but I know it can be a lot for worse of other women," she explained.
A typical day for Amy is pretty cushty. She said: "I wake up, have a cup of tea, then take my Rottweiler dog, Kevin, for a walk.
"After that, I have a shower and get myself ready for the day. I catch up on emails and messages from 10:30am to 11:30am, then by 12pm I'm live streaming right up until 6pm, when my boyfriend gets home.
"Then I make us both dinner while still watching Twitch in the kitchen. It feels normal to me, but I know it's not an average day for most people.
"The money can be extremely varied, like with any self-employed job. The minimum I make every month is £800, and the max is between £2,500 and £3,000"
Obviously nobody would complain at £3k for playing games, but some gamers make much more, like Fortnite streamer 'Ninja' who makes over £380,000 every month - yes, every month - purely from gaming.
Anyone else thinking of changing vocation?
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