We are truly living the modern millennial dream. You can now get paid to play Fortnite, FIFA and Call of Duty.
You can now earn up to £30 an hour by coaching other gamers through gameplay and teaching them how to get more from their games.
On one condition: You have to be good.
Bidvine allows would-be gaming pros to sell their services as ‘buddies’, and has just launched the feature for Fortnite.
The hundred-player sandbox Fortnite Battle Royale has proved a huge hit since being released on a free-to-play mobile basis on March 12.
You can take a look at the gameplay below:
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To be eligible to be a Fortnite buddy you need to come off the island first at least 25 times, but the practise would be worth it for the pride, honour and fiscal benefits.
Bidvine reckons that based on what existing gaming coaches earn via the marketplace you can expect to make around £30 for an hour of gameplay.
They have previously launched similar buddy services for FIFA and Call of Duty and are developing them for other games including Battlefront and Player Unknown‘s Battlegrounds.
The service works like this: Struggling players post ads on Bidvine requesting help with specific aspects of the game, at which point eligible coaches bid for the job to train them.
Disclaimer: Selling your services through Bidvine does come with a cost. It’s a free to join service, but you do need to buy ‘bid credits’ in order to offer your services to a client – or bid for the job – and they cost £1 plus VAT for a credit.
Bidding for one job costs between three and ten credits, based on the type of service and according to the site, new providers generally need to send up to 10 bids in order to get their first commission.
Bidvine guarantees that if you don’t get hired from your first credit bundle purchase, they will match your commitment and put those credits back into your Bidvine account, so you can give the platform another go.
Russ Morgan, co-founder of Bidvine, told the Mirror:
We know how popular Fortnite has become since its release, and we’re hoping that our service will help out those of us who never quite finish first.
With Fortnite there is a definite need for tactical guidance, whether you choose to fight or hide, you’ve got to have a plan – so why not hire a Pro Buddy to help you?
However, one mum is calling on the video game to be banned because she believes she’s ‘lost’ her 10-year-old son to it.
Leo appeared alongside his mum, Suzanne, on ITV‘s This Morning as she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby he now finds ‘normal life boring by comparison’.
She also said his moods have changed since he started playing the game:
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There’s been a huge move to mobile devices in recent times, with Nintendo announcing last month Mario Kart would be coming to our smartphones.
According to a report by SuperData Research in 2016, mobile games generated $41 billion in revenue, retail games generated $26 billion, and free-to-play online games came in at $19 billion.
As Epic Games said, it’s all about playing ‘when you want, where you want’.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.