Jack chases dream on­line game ca­reer

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

FIND­ING out her 14-year-old son Jack had a world rank­ing of 88 in the on­line game Call of Duty, was a life chang­ing mo­ment for Grafton mum Kar­leen Mur­ray.

“We just thought he was down there play­ing games on his PS4,” Ms Mur­ray said. “Like any par­ent we tried to make sure that the games didn’t take over his life.

“Then he told me had reached 88 in the world play­ing one game (Call of Duty) and my ears pricked up. What if he could make a ca­reer from it?”

Jack had an ex­am­ple al­ready, the Swedish on­line gamer and co­me­dian Felix Arvid Ulf Kjell­berg, also known as PewDiePie, who has be­come recog­nised as Youtube’s big­gest star with his comedic com­men­taries on videos of his gam­ing suc­cesses.

The 28-year-old who dropped out of univer­sity in 2011 and was cut off by his par­ents, now has an en­try on the Forbes Rich List with a nett worth of $16 mil­lion and ris­ing.

The new regime also meant more game time .

“When you stop play­ing your rank­ing im­me­di­ately be­gins to drop,” she said.

“So we were happy to fit more time on the PS4 into his sched­ule.

“But he still has to do his chores and if he doesn’t, he loses game time.”

Ms Mur­ray said it was im­por­tant for Jack to es­tab­lish a brand and a style of video that peo­ple wanted to see.

“When he gets his sub­scriber num­bers over 1000 he can start to charge money for ad­ver­tise­ments on his videos,” she said.

“He’s got about 350 sub­scribers in just over two months,.”

She has set up a Youtube and Twit­ter ac­count Jack plays un­der his screen name of Muzza737 YT.

The new regime seems to be help­ing Jack’s gam­ing re­sults as well with his rank­ing in Call of Duty III peak­ing at 23 in De­cem­ber.

PHOTO: TIM HOWARD

HARD AT IT: Grafton teenager Jack Mur­ray pol­ishes his skills on the on­line com­puter game Fort­nite. He has reached a world rank­ing of 23 in one on­line game and is look­ing to make a ca­reer in gam­ing. IN­SET: A screen shot of the game Fort­nite.

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