eSports stars describe life as a pro gamer at E3 expo

14/06/13

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The rise of eSports has made it possible for gamers to earn a living from participating in tournaments and gaining sponsorship.

Playing games including StarCraft and League of Legends, gamers travel the world and compete for prizes worth several hundred thousand pounds.

Audiences of several million can be watching streams of the action online.

Newsbeat met three pro gamers at the at the E3 gaming Expo in Los Angeles.

'Prolly' - Team Complexity

Prolly

"Life is pretty nice. I literally roll out of bed and go to my computer and play for 12 hours. The only difference between normal gamers and me is that I happen to get paid for it.

"The biggest downfall is that I don't get to just "lose" and play for fun, the second I lose it's heartbreaking and a terrible thing. There's a lot of motivation to keep clean and keep perfect.

"It's literally a dream job. If you see someone you've heard of, they're definitely making a lot of money. I'm not making that much money yet but definitely enough to survive."

'Kayane' - Team Mad Catz

Kayane

"I have entered the Guinness book of world records twice, to have finished in the top three 48 times in fighting game mixed tournaments.

"There are negative comments about you, how you look, how you play and your lover. A lot of women don't like it and so they give up.

"I earn money from companies that pay me to do demonstrations at conventions where I play against the public. Also I am a TV host on a video gaming channel."

Ryan Hart - Team Western Wolves and Team Mad Catz

Ryan Hart

"I think it definitely requires an amount of natural ability. It's a combination of natural ability, passion and being really creative in how you express yourself.

"It's really nice to be recognised just walking down the street or shopping, someone will come up to you and it's nice o know that people acknowledge and appreciate my work.

"Although you come under the umbrella of a multi million dollar industry, you're not going to get six figures a year, but you can make a lot of money."

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