My name is Anne Fish and I am the mum of benjyfishy a Fortnite player with NRG Esports.
Life changed for both Benjy and myself in February 2019 when Epic announced the Fortnite World Cup in New York and that the age limit to compete was lowered to 13 years old, combined with Benjy’s 1st major tournament win a few days later.
I was used to being woken up in the early hours of the morning by Benjy playing Fortnite. Being a single mum with two sons it isn’t easy. Despite all the noise and disruption it may have caused, I knew how much happiness and joy gaming had always brought Benjy and his dream to be a pro player. I loved to hear him laughing and having fun with his friends and with the reassurance he was at home.
Sunday 24th February 2019 will always be etched on my mind as it was the date of the Montana Black tournament. That night Benjy had come into my room to tell me that he and duo partner Martin aka MrSavage had just won the tournament with a prize pool of $10,000 each. I had gone to bed that night knowing that he was playing in a tournament, but I didn’t truly appreciate how big it was!
As you can imagine I wasn’t able to sleep. Since Fortnite exploded onto our TV screens the 2019 World Cup from New York, there has been a generation of teenagers aspiring to turn their hobby into a career and become Professional Fortnite Players.
Competitive players are professional athletes competing in the same way players compete in professional sports for example a Premier League Footballer. Whilst only the top 1% or less are going to succeed in becoming a professional player there are other opportunities to make a career within the wider infrastructure of organisations as well as careers outside of esports.
The last 18 months has been a roller-coaster ride and as a parent I have had to learn fast about the competitive world of Fortnite and esports. I have gained a unique and invaluable knowledge which I am looking to share with other parents of pro-players and to help guide the next generation of aspiring players to realise their dream.