Anne Fish, the mother of pro Fortnite player Benjyfishy, is now officially signed to an esports team to play the battle royale and chat to her viewers. In the words of her son, it's "pretty mad."
The 58-year-old gamer is just one more example of how these things used to be considered frivolous time-wasters, and now transcend generations to attract an enormous variety of people to the hobby. One in five grandparents were introduced to games during the lockdown and the availability and accessibility of games on your mobile phone or tablet has something to offer for everyone.
"Video games can play an important role in helping individuals to feel connected, and that a little more playfulness in our everyday lives can have positive benefits which expand beyond the game into the real world," explained Dr Lynn Love, a lecturer in Computer Arts at Abertay University, when Ewan got the chance to chat to her about this trend.
With over 430,000 followers and an average of 770 viewers every stream on Twitch, signing Anne was a no-brainer for esports organisation Galaxy Racer. Check out a compilation of ridiculous wins and fails on Twitch below!
Since February 2021, Anne has become a rising star, improving her skills and cultivating a chill community of fellow fans of Fortnite. "I was really bad at first," she said in an interview with BBC. "I just sort of camped and hid from other players in case I got killed. Slowly, you know, I started to get better. My reflexes aren't as good as young players, so I have to be more strategic. I thought it'd be really cool to see if I could get to champions division as a solo, which I did."
Galaxy Racer, which owns 11 teams with players across 20 different countries, saw the potential in Anne and were over the moon to welcome her to its organisation. "Having proved her Fortnite skills at our recent tournament, The Aubameyang Cup, her years of experience in the industry, including managing Benjyfishy, and a shared passion for nurturing greater inclusivity within gaming and esports, we are proud to welcome Anne into the Galaxy Racer family," said CEO Paul Roy.
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