Benjfishy achieved the dream of many young people: playing Fortnite professionally. However, now he is shooting elsewhere
The growth of the video game industry brought with it a dream that many people shared (and continue to share): to go beyond just a hobby, to dedicate themselves professionally to their passion. The possibilities are very diverse and range from content creators to more specific positions like professional players, press and more.
The sad reality of these dreams, as in all fields, is that many of them never come true. others do. And among all of us we find surprising and interesting stories about people who have managed to achieve their goals. The protagonist of this publication is one of them. It includes the confidence of a mother and the talent of a young Fortnite player.
At this point it goes without saying that battle royale video games have had a huge impact on the industry, especially games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). FortniteActivision’s installment was the last to arrive at the party, Apex Legends and Warzone.
In this context, thousands of people have tried to use battle royale as a springboard to fame and the professional world. Few have achieved it in relation to the number of attempts. Content creator and professional gamer Benjifish He made it… though he couldn’t have done it without his mother.
Benji Fishy: From School to Competitive Professional
It was 5-6 years ago when his mother decided to stop going to school for Benjifishy to focus on his professional playing career. I was only 14-15 years old then. The main reason was that the young man could not combine the classes with the competition schedule.
It didn’t take long to see the fruits of that choice: at age 15 he pocketed heavily $392,477 in prizes. And at the age of 16 he added to his treasure $147,176 Thanks for the contests. Meanwhile, he continued studying at home (at his own pace) until he received his school degree.
Although luck worked with him a lot, his talent and dedication played an important role. Yet there was another factor that determined his career: the COVID-19 pandemic. It affects everything, even video game tournaments. This means that it cannot continue to compete equally to generate revenue.
Benjfishy, like many others, found a part-time job on Twitch. His expertise in Fortnite helped him rise quickly and reach over 24,000 viewers and nearly 18 million watch hours. As interest in competitive Fortnite waned, it lost viewers.
In 2023, its average number of viewers dropped to 2,100, a 53% decrease in terms of audience compared to the previous year (2022). However, the situation of Fortnite players was not as bad as their numbers. It must be taken into account that another honest event happened during that time that turned his professional career: signing a team.
Benjfishy decided to rest Fortnite And try your luck in Riot Games’ FPS, Valorant. Needless to say, it went very well, so much so that A renegade professional team Finished signing it. He is currently 19 years old, remains in Madrid as part of the team’s roster and has a contract that extends until 2025.
And so Bengifishy dropped out of school to become a professional Fortnite, and later Valorant, player with the support of his mother. Along with his successes at Epic Games and Riot Games, his career on Twitch and more Team heretics These are enough achievements to say that you have fulfilled a dream. Now we just have to wait and see what happens in the future.
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