The Pro Gamer

In the EU LCS, nobody cares where you come from, we all share the same passion and the same goal: playing video games and striving to be the best.

I’m from a small city in Northern Norway, the northern part is important since life in the north is quite different to the south. To southern Norwegians, anyone who lives in the north is either a farmer or herds reindeers for a living.

There’s a lot of mountains in northern Norway and some impressive landscapes, providing plenty of opportunities to go hiking and skiing – which is why the Winter Olympics is so important to Norwegians – but none of that really appealed to me.

I’ve always enjoyed playing video games a lot more, so for me, outside of the nature, I don’t find where I grew up to be the nicest place to live. There are about 10,000 inhabitants in my hometown, so everybody knows everybody. Back home, I’ll always be known as “the pro gamer”.

I’d been able to balance school and playing competitively for some time. I played in the European Challenger Series throughout 2017, starting with Millenium at the beginning of the year. I made sure to stay on top of my schoolwork whilst playing for the team, studying in my own time and taking exams when I came home to Norway.

The lives of a professional esports player and a school student are obviously quite different. For a start, at school, you need to wake up quite early which was a shock to the system; it felt so weird waking up at 7 a.m. and going to school every day instead of just playing video games all day like I did during the summer for three months straight.

Before I joined Schalke 04 Esports, it was my plan to finish high school before committing to the EU LCS, since I only had one year left until I graduated. Joining Schalke changed things; things weren’t as they were before when people knew that I was playing League of Legends but it was nothing special to them. Schalke was a name people in my city knew and I was soon known as “the Schalke player”.

I qualified to the LCS with Schalke during my school’s summer break, but when I came back, people started treating me differently and I didn’t like it. Random people kept asking me questions all the time and whilst it was nice to have some attention at first, I just wanted to study then go home again so that I could play League of Legends. I didn’t feel at home there anymore.

I’d told Memento of my plans to finish school during our time together in the Challenger Series, but once I realised things weren’t the same anymore, I decided to join him at Team ROCCAT.

Playing in the LCS has been my dream ever since I first watched the broadcast back in 2013, my gamer tag is even inspired by my favourite player at the time, Svenskeren. I was 11 or 12 when I created my account and I pretty much stole it from him, I was watching him playing on stage with a funny name, so I took it for myself.

When I saw those guys playing on stage in front of an audience of cheering and shouting fans, I knew I wanted that experience for myself; I wanted that adrenaline. Even now, I still get really excited during team fights, I shout so much and make funny facial expressions, I can’t control it.

It feels nice that I get to play alongside Memento, he’s a really good friend of mine and it makes the whole experience a lot easier. Living in a gaming house and playing games all day is your job, but when you’re with people who are really similar to you, it’s easy to enjoy the experience and connect with your teammates.

At ROCCAT, we don’t have any players with big egos or guys that are hard to work with so I’m finding it easy to adapt from life at home, I respect HeaQ and the two Koreans because they all have a good mentality.

We’re winning a lot more games than I thought we would at the start of the season – I originally thought it would be good to start my LCS career with a team from the lower tier, so that I could continue to grow in a less stressful environment – but even if it all goes downhill from here, I won’t ever regret my decision.

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