Some people go to school to become doctors or lawyers, or some other calling that makes them money, but little do they know that gaming can be a very lucrative hobby. We have contacted salerno2 – a League of Legends champion who earns a living playing video games. Here’s what he had to say.
When did you begin playing video games and when did you become a true gamer?
Hey guys, thank you for inviting me to this interview. I am always happy to talk to people who respect gamers! So, where should I begin? First of all, I am 24 years old and I live in a country where gamers are still in the deep underground. I, myself, started playing video games when I was three or four years old. My dad bought me a Sega Mega Drive console and it was love at first sight. Later on, I got a PS1 and Sega Dreamcast consoles, but my competitive gaming started when I first played Counter Strike 1.6. This is a game that turned me into a true gamer for sure.
When did you turn pro? How did that happen?
Well, like I said, I was playing CS 1.6 for over five years. The more I played, the better I got and that drew the attention of a couple of other players from Europe. We started playing together and formed a team called Gummy_Bears. There were five of us and we were pretty good at what we did so we entered a local tournament. We won first place without a problem and that got us into the National championship. We won it and that’s the first time I got some money for playing video games.
Why did you switch to LoL and when?
Well, Counter Strike is a great game, but it gets boring after a couple of years. Sure, we were winning, but I couldn’t do it anymore. That’s when a friend of mine told me about LoL. I gave it a try and fell in love right away. Then, I use to spend days and months watching pros dominate the map. I learned their best tricks, added some of my own, and became the golden challenger in no time. It was back in 2012 I think.
Awesome, so can you make an honest living?
I sure can. I have all these sponsors and my team wins tournaments all the time. Sometimes we get money, sometimes we get graphics cards and other pieces of hardware. Since I already own a beast, I sell them and get even more money. I can just say that I earn more than my parents together.