Meet the teenager who dropped out of school to become a professional gamer

  • Kobe Tong

It would probably be the dream of many teenagers to leave school and play Fortnite for a living.

The hit video game developed by Epic Games has been a sensation since its release in 2017 and has even attracted attention from Prince Harry, albeit for not so positive reasons.

However, the cultural influence of the game simply can’t be denied and we’ve seen plenty of footballers – we’re looking at you Antoine Griezmann – channel some of the in-game dances.

That’s all well and good, but Fortnite is really no joke as far as Benjy Fish is concerned.

The 15-year-old from Middlesex had made headlines this week after making the bold decision to drop out of school and focus on a potentially lucrative career in eSports.

Becoming a professional gamer

Fish will be competing at this year’s Fornite World Cup, flying out to New York in July and has already guaranteed himself a cool £50,000 by even qualifying for the competition.

The overall prize pool for the tournament is an eye-watering £23 million and tens of thousands will be watching the gamers in action from within the arena.

With almost 300,000 followers on YouTube and Twitch combined, Fish has made a name for himself despite his young age and has already cashed £23,000 from professional gaming.

Potential to bag £4 million

However, it may come as a surprise to learn that it Benji’s very own mother Anne who suggested that he left school in order to advance his gaming career.

Per the Mirror, he explained: “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.

“That’s when things really started to take off and I was signed as a professional by the games computer NRG eSports – one of the top eSports teams around.

“Up until that point, I’d been (badly) juggling going to school with playing Fortnite into the early hours seven days a week.”

It wasn’t a sustainable lifestyle and for better or for worse, the decision was made that Fish should leave school and finish his education via the medium of home tutoring.  

Having previously fallen asleep in lessons, Fish now games until 4am and wakes up the next day at 2pm to try and find time for his GCSE studies along the way.

It’s certainly a bizarre lifestyle for his age, but with £4 million on the line across both the solos and duos finals, can you really blame him for rolling the dice?

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