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.”
Lachlan Smith is a professional gamer. Picture: Jon Hewson