It’s with no hesitation to say that most of the kids that come into Ukatsu aspire to be professional gamers or influences in the YouTube and Twitch space. For the dedicated and hard-working, becoming Internet famous for playing video games is more possible than ever. While fame and fortune may be in the future for your child, we at Ukatsu want to make sure you’re prepared before the stardom snowball is at full speed!
Education Comes First
The average age of paid competitors in Fortnite: Battle Royale is currently 17 years old. Kids as young as 11 are being approached by professional organizations to for partnerships.
Read the Contracts!
For both parents and children, signing a professional contract with an organization is a BIG milestone for aspiring gamers. It represents the true beginning of a “working professional” in the gaming industry. While you may be eager to sign whatever deal comes your way, be it a brand deal with a big organization, or a large scholarship to a college esports program, it’s important to ALWAYS READ THE CONTRACT before signing.
Just last week as of this blog, one of the world’s biggest streamers, Tfue began a lawsuit against Faze Clan hoping to shed light on how organization can take advantage of young aspiring gamers. He, like many children hoping to make it, end up signing some pretty one-sided contracts. You can listen to the full discussion in this snippet from our weekly podcast!
Prepare for a Career After Going Pro
Did you know? The average age professional gamer retires is 24 years old? At Ukatsu, we coach kids to make it to the pros, but more importantly, we prepare them for what happens AFTER their competitive days are over. That’s why lessons in public speaking, professional development, and technical skills like programming and video editing are offered during our Ukatsu Career Builder Classes and One on One sessions.
Learn How to Handle Money Before You Make It
A great game to life lesson: “Resource Management.” Understanding the value of a dollar, the practice between staying hungry for success while being appreciative for the things we have already - these are core lessons we at Ukatsu try to promote daily and within our Summer Camps. It’s no secret that YouTube’s most successful gamers are pulling in big salaries and that’s why it’s important to establish realistic safe money spending habits before your child hits superstar status.