Dubai-based esports organisation Galaxy Racer has signed Anne Fish, aka ‘mamabenjyfishy’ or ‘mama fishy’, the British mother of pro Fortnite player benjyfishy.
Mama Fishy has joined the org as a content creator. The signing comes after she competed at Galaxy Racer’s most recent Fortnite Tournament, the Aubameyang Cup, where it was agreed if Anne placed in the top 50, the esports organisation would offer her an official content creator contract.
As an official Galaxy Racer content creator, mamabenjyfishy will be streaming Fortnite, producing educational and entertaining YouTube content as well as playing in competitive Fortnite tournaments.
She also hopes to keep improving her skills and master Fortnite, as well as being seen as a positive role model in the esports community and to help encourage more inclusivity.
Galaxy Racer said in a press release that ‘both parties share a joint passion for nurturing greater inclusivity within gaming and esports as a whole, with Galaxy Racer one of the only major esports organisations supporting competitive female esports rosters’. Galaxy Racer is also the organiser in Dubai for the GirlGamer Esports Festival.
The release states that Anne Fish has a reach of over 900,000 followers, with more than 100,000 on Twitter and 165,000 on YouTube. She’s also the manager of of her professional British Fortnite gamer son, Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ Fish.
Anne has also stepped into roles as an esports mentor, advising players on the administrative side of going professional and advising on how to manage their gaming with other commitments in their lives. She is also an advisor at COPE (Coalition of Parents in Esports), where she seeks to help educate parents about esports and how their children gain transferable skills from gaming, which can be used in various industries and sectors.
Esports orgs have been moving beyond working with traditional younger gamers as influencers recently. Earlier this year, Cloud9 signed ‘the other Perkz’, a school teacher from Leicester also known as Emily Perkins.
Anne ‘mamabenjyfishy’ Fish commented: “I am excited to be the newest addition to the Galaxy Racer content creator team. Being a mum and manager of a professional gamer, I hope my knowledge and experience will help educate players and other parents about the positive aspects of esports.
“As the first-ever mum of a professional gamer to be signed under an esports organisation, I hope this encourages more inclusivity within the esports industry, highlighting all the positive aspects of gaming as well as encouraging other parents to discover the game for themselves!”
Galaxy Racer CEO, Paul Roy commented: “We are thrilled to announce mamabenjyfishy as the newest addition to Galaxy Racer’s constantly growing content creator team. We have already onboarded some of the biggest content creators globally and are excited to sign the first-ever mother of a professional gamer.
“Having proved her Fortnite skills at our recent tournament, The Aubameyang Cup, her years of experience in the industry, including managing benjyfishy, and a shared passion for nurturing greater inclusivity within gaming and esports, we are proud to welcome Anne into the Galaxy Racer family.”
Last month, former Guild Esports director Danny Lopez joined Galaxy Racer.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.