Dad quits job to play Football Manager full-time and create videos for Facebook

A dad who quit his 9-5 job to pursue his dream of becoming a content creator has been rewarded with a contract by Facebook to create videos while playing Football Manager.

Plymouth father Luke Robinson said goodbye to his old routine and took a giant leap of faith to pursue his dream, motivated by the success of his YouTube channel.

Now, the father-of-one will get to live every young boy's dream – being paid to play Football Manager.

Luke has played every version of FM over the years, and on Thursday last week signed a 12-month deal with Facebook Gaming to create videos based on the popular manager game.

While working full-time as a maintenance engineer, Luke tried to upload videos to YouTube as and when he could.

But earlier this year he took a dramatic leap of faith to leave the stability of permanent employment, get a part-time job as a delivery driver for Asda, and have a real go at making his YouTube channel work.

The decision paid off. As his channel started to grow in popularity, Luke decided to invite his dad onto the show, something which boosted its viewership still further.

Then, with the newest Football Manager game about to come out – and a second child on the way – Luke sat down with his wife to discuss the possibility of becoming a full-time content creator.

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It was a big leap, but one that is already paying dividends for the Plymouth-based gamer.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Luke said: "I never really knew what I wanted to do, I went through A -Levels and did sport, and then decided that wasn't for me.

"That was pretty much the case, and then a couple of years ago, I started doing a podcast, which wasn't even based on Football Manager, but on professional wrestling, another passion of mine.

"I've always played Football Manager, since I was little, I've played every single rendition of the game, and I always used to watch the YouTubers and the streamers play the game, and always used to say to my wife that I'd love to be able to do that, but to be honest, I was too lazy to ever work out how to achieve that.

"I never thought I'd be able to do that stuff technically with regards to editing videos and stuff either, so I never really went through with it, and then when I started the wrestling podcast I realised I could do it."

Luke revealed how being forced to isolate for 12 weeks at the start of the pandemic helped him to create a more consistent upload schedule, something that boosted his followers.

Eight weeks ago he made the difficult decision to quit his full-time job, go part-time and focus more on YouTube and Twitch, and within two months it had paid off.

"I was doing that for about three weeks, and then last Sunday was when I got the email from Facebook asking if I wanted to have a conversation about joining their new project," he added.

"After speaking to them, they offered me a 12-month contract on Facebook Gaming."

Luke posted on his Facebook page after receiving the exciting news. He wrote: "Can’t quite believe it. A couple of months ago I quit my full time job as a maintenance engineer at a very secure job to pursue a full time career creating content and I was absolutely terrified of failing.

"Get myself a part time job to keep enough money coming in as a delivery driver and a couple of weeks later, I’m approached by Facebook Gaming, offering me a 12 month contract to produce exclusive videos on their platform!

"I feel like I’m dreaming. I still can’t quite believe it. But I am incredibly excited!"

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