Ever since I was a teenager, gaming has been my life. From the moment I got my hands on the first Nintendo and began exploring the 2D world as Super Mario, I was hooked. While my friends went out to play football, met girls at the park and drank cider, I chose to sit alone in my dark bedroom playing video games.
From there, my gaming career progressed alongside advancements in technology. I purchased the PlayStation, the Xbox, and eventually found my place as a PC gamer. In the year 2011, I discovered the MOBA game League of Legends, and almost instantly, it became my addiction. LoL consumed my every thought, and took over just about every waking moment of my day. I’d play from the moment I woke up in the morning, to the moment I went to sleep at night. And the hours in-between were fuelled by microwave meals, cans of Monster energy and continual micro hits of serotonin, from every strike to an opponent and every match won. And while from an outsider’s perspective, my life may have seemed quite lacking, I was actually working toward a highly lucrative career.
Before long, I was a professional League of Legends player. I attended international tournaments, which were watched by international audiences of millions, and the prize pools were life changing amounts of money.