How an everyday guy makes $500,000 a year playing Fortnite - but he works way harder than most everyday guys
Esports is a booming industry and there’s lots of money to be made. Nick Overton seems just a run of the mill 27-year-old guy from Iowa, but under the humble smile is a dangerous Fortnite player known as ‘Immarksman’ who works for the professional esports team Counter Logic Gaming. With them, he is already making between $300,000 and $500,000 a year, and he doesn’t even consider himself elite.
An average day for Nick: wake up around 9 am, discuss business with the team and get to work on a YouTube video. Finish the YouTube video by 3 pm, and then get ready to stream from 5 pm to 10 pm. Playing video games for hours every day might sound like slacking off for some, but when you take it seriously and analyse every match, the working week becomes brutal. "I don’t go out with friends ever," Nick says. "I'm streaming every day."
Gaming is becoming like any other industry - if you work really hard, get really good, and keep putting the effort in, there is big money to be made. It's really hard work that pays off so no just "getting lucky" and one has to wonder whether it borders on obsession... but the same obsession is often found elsewhere too. The big question is whether it builds or breaks you, and how long you can actually sustain it. But for many gaming is there really big passion and it can pay them a salary too. These are not "careers" that existed 10 or 15 years back at all. I'll be interested to see how esports evolves in the longer term. Even physical athletes don't play their profession for a lifetime.
I like to think esports has a great future like any other pursuit and the criticism of it being a "gaming addiction" is only true if control is lost over the sport, just like with anything else in life. But we should not confuse "addiction" with "ambition". I've seen many people get "addicted to their day jobs and lose their family or end up stealing because the job did not make enough money...
|How an everyday guy makes $500,000 a year playing Fortnite
An average day for Nick: wake up around 9 am, discuss business with the team and get to work on a YouTube video. Finish the YouTube video by 3 pm, and then get ready to stream from 5 pm to…