Young people make headlines worldwide by earning millions of dollars in video games.
These players are gaming superstars – their lives are playing video games and they reap the benefits of their income.
But some professional video game players hope to live a normal life most of their lives without being in front of the computer.
& # 39; It's absolutely good to have a healthy balance of things & # 39 ;, competitive gamer Andrew Haws told Daily Mail Australia.
But some professional video game players hope to live a normal life most of their lives without being in front of the computer. From left to right: Andrew & # 39; rqt & # 39; Haws, Adam & # 39; Adam & # 39; Soong, Sam & # 39; Quatz & # 39; Dennis, James & # 39; Yuki & # 39; Stanton, Max & # 39; Unter & # 39; Unterwurzacher, Jordy & # 39; Jordation & # 39; Frish, Nicholas & # 39; Project & # 39; O & # 39; Brien, Dale & # 39; Signed & # 39; Tang
Haws (photo), 24, known online as & # 39; rqt & # 39 ;, is the coach and manager of an Australian esports team called & # 39; ORDER & # 39;
& # 39; Maybe there is one evening a week that we have to live our lives. & # 39;
Haws, 24, known online as & # 39; rqt & # 39 ;, is the coach and manager of an Australian esports team called & # 39; ORDER & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Sometimes it can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when you look at the final and things like that, & # 39; he said.
Andrew earns his living by playing games – he does not earn big money from international players, despite flying abroad to watch the video game & # 39; Overwatch & # 39; to play, he coaches and manages his team part-time with a salary as his way of paying the bills, while also navigating a university degree.
Shaw & # 39; s career brought him internationally and played for Team Australia in the Overwatch World Cup 2017, which he regarded as one of his most proud memories.
"It actually works as a part-time job, and then full-time for me, so it works well," he said.
& # 39; I do a secondary education diploma, which actually comes from coaching and Overwatch things, I think.
& # 39; Uni-things are more of the daily work … I still focus on a university degree, where the end of my future is probably, transferring to a full-time teacher at some point as soon as I get the degree & # 39;
And over the weekend, Shaw hopes his hard work will pay off at the & # 39; Melbourne Esports Open & # 39 ;, the largest competitive video gaming event in Australia, where $ 150,000 can be won.
Max Unterwurzacher, 21, a competitive gamer in the Shaw team – known online as & # 39; Unter & # 39; – said his career & # 39; very time-consuming & # 39; is.
& # 39; You must understand what you are starting with, & # 39; he said.
Max Unterwurzacher (photo), 21, a competitive gamer in the Shaw team – known online as & # 39; Unter & # 39; – said his career & # 39; very time-consuming & # 39; is
& # 39; I get one or two evenings a week, but because it's not something that you do actively during the day, you can balance it fairly easily anyway.
& # 39; You feel a lot of relief and a lot of reward for the effort we make. & # 39;
Unterwurzacher is also a university student, who studies a degree in science and pharmacology.
& # 39; I work less than part-time, work as an electrician, as a worker, but that's really just to fill in a little extra time. Overwatch is probably the main source of income, & he said.
& # 39; I think I will become a pharmacist at the end of it all. & # 39;
& # 39; Once I finish my bachelor's degree, I hope to see if I can find a team abroad where the game is a bit more competitive and you can earn a little more money by playing it, so the stakes are a bit higher.
& # 39; I definitely do not have all my eggs in the eSports basket, given that I have a Bachelor's degree in science and that is probably the reason why I will end up in the long term, mainly because I do not have a long-term career in eSports .
The trophy that the team is playing this year, in addition to the $ 150,000 prize
& # 39; I'm just happy to enjoy it while it lasts. You know, I've found something that I like and I'm good at it and I'm happy to ride it until I'm no longer good at it or no longer enjoy it. & # 39;
Team ORDER will take on Team MINDFREAK G on 1 September during the Melbourne Esports Open.
& # 39; I'm from Melbourne, so this is the only year-round event that my friends and family can actually come to see me in person & # 39 ;, said Unterwurzacher.
& # 39; For me, that makes a little more sense than playing something in Sydney or in Shanghai, because I can really have friends and family who come to see and go around it.
& # 39; That is the highlight for MEO for me. Knowing that I know people in the crowd who support me. & # 39;
Million dollar payout: the journey to playing video games as a career
In July, a teenager won $ 3 MILLION playing Fortnite. Earlier this month, the popular streamer & # 39; Ninja & # 39; a $ 6 MILLION contract to stream on the & # 39; Mixer & # 39; website from Microsoft, and recently a local Melbourne earned $ 5 MILLION by playing Dota 2.
So how do you make a career of playing video games? Andrew and Max were more than open to share.
& # 39; It's about keeping the team together and finding a home, which is ORDER & # 39 ;, says Andrew, who discusses that players can group in Overwatch and play online, and prove themselves through an online rank .
& # 39; It stays pretty much the same way with many of the same people and when people leave or go to other things, you can replace them with other people who have essentially proven themselves by tournament results, & # 39; said Max.
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