Benjy Fish is practising 12 hours a day in the hope of becoming Fortnite world champion.
Fortnite is a multiplayer ‘battle royale’ computer game in which players control avatars that fight to the death.
It’s hugely popular, with an estimated 250 million players worldwide. But only one of that 250 million can be the best, and Benjy is in the final 10 for a world championship tournament that takes place in Flushing Meadows, New York, this weekend.
All of the finalists will take home at least £40,000, and the runner-up will also be a millionaire.
“Benjy won an online tournament which had an £8,000 prize fund. That was my first inkling he was actually good”
Benjy’s mum, Anne
Some UK stars are set to compete in today’s team final which also has a top prize of £2.4million shared between players.
While most teenagers are constantly being told by their parents to get off video games and back into their homework, Benjy’s mum is a big supporter of his Fortnite ambitions.
She even encouraged him to opt out of school and be tutored at home to allow more time for the game.
Benjy told the Mirror: “When my mum suggested I quit school earlier this year to play computer games full-time, I couldn’t believe my ears. I’d always dreamed of being an eSports professional since I was about 13 years old.
“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.”
Benjy, who lives in Sunbury, Surrey, plans to use his winnings to buy a home for his family.
He told the Mirror: “I would like to buy a house for my family. We have always been renting since my dad passed away when I was eight months old so it would be nice to be able to help out.”
But he accepts that this final tournament is a big challenge.
He said: “It will be a bit different because I’ve never been on a huge stage like that before.
“I’ve been training so much. For the last two weeks. I’ve put in at least 12 hours every day.”