Fortnite star benjyfishy announces Valorant switch

Declan Mclaughlin
benjyfishy in his room explaining his move to Valorant

Benjy ‘benjyfishy’ Fish announced on Twitter on June 24 that he is quitting competitive Fortnite and is jumping to the Riot Games tactile shooter Valorant and will be making content for his current organization, NRG Esports.

The British competitor explain in a short video to his fans that he has become dissatisfied with Fortnite, not wanting to play the game outside of tournaments, and that Valorant now brings him as much joy as competing at the Fornite World Cup.

“The reason I always wanted to be a pro gamer was because I always wanted to have a job that I enjoyed so for me right now it seem pointless carrying on something that I don’t enjoy,” benjyfishy said in a video on his Twitter.

The 18 year old is now officially retired as a Fortnite professional with him playing his last tournament in the Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2 Season 2 Grand Finals in Europe were he placed 45th with his duo Martin “MrSavage” Andersen.

benjyfishy has already uploaded his first Valorant montage to his YouTube channel and it already has almost 10,000 views at the time of writing.

Will benjyfishy go pro in Valorant

Benjyfishy announces he is quitting competitive Fortnite.
Benjyfishy announces he is quitting competitive Fortnite.

Whether the former Fortnite pro will compete professionally in Valorant is unclear. His video specified that he would be creating content for NRG, not competing, and the professional Valorant landscape is in an awkward place at the moment.

The professional circuit, the Valorant Champions Tour, is nearing the end of its cycle as its world championships is set to begin in September. benjyfishy’s current org also competes in North Amerca and has a stable roster competing to make Valorant Champions and the next international tournament set for June in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The esport is also closing its open circuit system next year in favor of three closed international leagues, of which there is no guarantee that whatever org the British teen joins will be a part of.

The pro gamer also has a giant social following as one of the more prevalent Fortnite competitors with almost two million Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers along with almost four million followers on Twitch, so becoming a full-time content creator isn’t out of the question.

If benjyfishy will become a professional Valorant player, he would likely join the pool of players looking to join a team that is in the upcoming international leagues in 2023 when they are announced at a later date, closer to 2023.