Game pay

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High schooler earns money play­ing video games.

LACH­LAN Smith is de­fy­ing the adage peo­ple never get any­where in life play­ing video games.

The South­ern River Col­lege stu­dent is liv­ing the dream of many of his peers, earn­ing money by play­ing the pop­u­lar game Rocket League for a pro­fes­sional eS­ports in­dus­try as a com­peti­tor.

He was drafted by the Bris­bane De­cep­tors into their team for the Gfin­ity Elite Se­ries, which airs on Chan­nel One on Sun­days from 8am to 11am.

Lach­lan said peo­ple did not re­alise how hard com­pet­i­tive gamers worked to en­sure they were at the top of their game.

“Pro­fes­sional play­ers are just as hard­work­ing as other pro­fes­sional ath­letes, as it is not just play­ing a game; you must con­sis­tently per­form to a pro­fes­sional stan­dard,” he said.

“Most peo­ple see gam­ing as a waste of time but the in­dus­try is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially and no one knows where it will go.”

Smith said he had honed his craft over the years and play­ing com­pet­i­tively had helped him see the games in a whole new light.

“I started play­ing very ca­su­ally and as I moved up in the com­mu­nity, pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions be­gan giv­ing me op­por­tu­ni­ties to move into the pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment,” Lach­lan said.

“I be­gan spend­ing most of my time prac­tic­ing and learn­ing the game, rather then just play­ing it.”­mu­ni­ d484327

Lach­lan Smith is a pro­fes­sional gamer. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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