ANNE Fish is the mum of one of the world’s best Fortnite pro players, but is making waves after getting signed by esports organisation, Galaxy Racer.
Anne has been managing her son, professional Fornite player Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ Fish, for three years now.
A single mum of two, Anne has been supportive of Benjy’s gaming, saying “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.”
Speaking to BBC News, she explains that she began dabbling in Fortnite back in February to get a better understanding of it.
Anne streamed her gameplay on her Twitch channel and before long, her follower count across social media surged.
With a reach of over 900k across Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, and YouTube, Anne has been playing competitively, but has yet to win any cash cups.
But it was enough to draw the attention of Galaxy Racer, who offered to sign Anne if she placed top 50 in the Galaxy Racer’s Fortnite Aubameyang Cup.
Rather than being signed solely to compete at a professional level, Anne is joining Galaxy Racer as a content creator.
She’ll be streaming Fortnite, creating YouTube content, mentoring esports players, and educating parents about esports in her role as advisor at COPE (Coalition of Parents in Esports).
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“I am excited to be the newest addition to the Galaxy Racer content creator team. Being a mum and manager of a professional gamer, I hope my knowledge and experience will help educate players and other parents about the positive aspects of esports,” she said in a press release.
“As the first-ever mum of a professional gamer to be signed under an esports organisation, I hope this encourages more inclusivity within the esports industry, highlighting all the positive aspects of gaming as well as encouraging other parents to discover the game for themselves!
Of course, Anne will still be playing competitively, although she’s at a slight disadvantage given that she’s been out of the gaming loop since her N64 days.
“My reflexes aren’t as good as young players, so I have to be more strategic,” says the 58 year-old.
Her strategy is paying off though, and she hopes to hone her skills enough to duke it out with Benjy one day.
“It would be super good if I could compete against him at a World Cup or something, but there is such a skill gap between the likes of Benjy and myself that I don’t think I could ever quite make it to that level. But I’ll try!”
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