Growing up my parents constantly told me to stop wasting my time playing video games like FIFA and to focus on school and work.
Apparently spending quality time with my PlayStation was an unnecessary distraction from both my studies and the real world.
However, now I can prove them wrong as there’s a dream job which actually pays you to play FIFA.
Yes you read correctly – I suggest you cancel any Valentine’s Day plans you may have had because it’s time to sharpen up those FIFA skills and get applying.
If there get any complaints – you can say it’s for work purposes. Heaven!
Bidvine is currently recruiting talented FIFA players to sign up as coaches who’ll get paid a minimum of £15 an hour for their work.
The job advert states:
To be eligible to work as a Pro FIFA Coach you must provide proof of your level and ability. You can do this by demonstrating what league you play in yourself – only coaches who play in Division One within Online Seasons and/or FIFA Ultimate Team will be accepted.
To legitimise that your FIFA account is yours, you must submit a photo of your face along with the division you play in in the game, side by side. You will also need to provide a photo ID, have a working PlayStation Four or Xbox One, and a strong wireless connection.
It really doesn’t seem to be too much to ask for so why not give it a go and apply?
Yet what does being a FIFA coach actually mean?
According to the job advert, after the success of the Call of Duty professional player and coach service, Bidvine decided the same idea would work perfectly for FIFA as well.
People can sign up for the service and ask specific questions related to the game, for instance which area they’d like assistance with and areas they’d like to improve in.
As a FIFA coach, your job would be to help them with these requests and also watch matches providing real-time in-play advice to those playing.
The advert explains:
Being a FIFA Coach is just like playing the game, except now you’re teaching someone else how to do it!
Obviously, what you’ll be doing within the game depends on what your customer wants, and what they’d like to learn – so you’ll be doing something different every day, whether it’s helping them buy more FUT coins or improving their possession, defence or attack skills.
You could be playing against the customer and helping them improve their game as they play over the headset, or watching them livestream and giving them tips throughout.
If you fancy applying then you can do so through the website and if you get the job, then you’ll be able to set your own prices, which is amazing!
With Bidvine suggesting they’ll be rolling this out for other games soon, it probably won’t be long until you can also get paid for playing the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.