New York boy earns Rs 2 lakh dollars by playing video games

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Griffin Spikoski is a pro gamer in New York
Griffin Spikoski is a pro gamer in New York

New Delhi : A common line for gamers "Stop playing these games all the time. You cannot make a living by playing games." has turned wrong when a 14-year-old boy earned Rs 2 lakh dollars by playing video games only. Sounds strange, but its true!

Griffin Spikoski is a pro gamer in New York bagged name and fame after beating a popular Fortnite gamer Tfue on YouTube.  He spend as much as 8 hours everyday glued to his computer screen playing the wildly popular, multi-player video game Fortnite. On weekends, he plays for up to 18 hours. 

The video got around 7.5 million views, and opened a world of endorsements and ad deals for Griffin.

The teen online fame helped him gain more than a million subscribers on YouTube and around 300,000 followers on Twitch. Griffin gets the money from subscriber donations, online ads, and sponsorship deals.

He has also made special appearances for Samsung, PGA, and the Miami Heat.

His family has hired a financial adviser as Griffin plans to save the money and use it for college.

So, when does Griffin attend school?

Well, Griffin does not go to an education establishment, but attends online high school classes when he is not playing. He agrees that an 18-hour gaming time is a bit much but says, "It's kind of like my job."

Further, Griffin, represented by Misfits Gaming, a UK-based professional e-sports organization, plans to travel to Berlin for an international online video gaming convention.

"'I want parents to know that, if their kids enjoy playing games and they have a passion for it and they're really good at it, they should treat it as any other sport," said Griffin.

Meanwhile, his father said, "We try to keep him humble about it. We try to find the right balance between his school work and just keeping his priorities straight."