BOOK

How To Be A Pro­fes­sional Gamer bit.ly/fnat­icpro

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This is an as­pi­ra­tional tract for the young LeagueOf Leg­ends fan, fo­cus­ing on Berlin-based es­ports team Fnatic. It’s for­mu­laic stuff – a pot­ted his­tory of the game and its com­pet­i­tive scene; pro­files of, and ad­vice from, cur­rent Fnatic team mem­bers – and few will be sur­prised to learn that the best way to make it to the top is tal­ent and hard work. But the book also adds some much-needed hu­man­ity to a sport where it is teams, not in­di­vid­u­als, on which the spot­light shines. One player’s tale of de­camp­ing to Fnatic’s Berlin house, hav­ing never lived away from home be­fore, is gen­tly af­fect­ing. One for the Christ­mas stock­ings, nat­u­rally, but also for those seek­ing a han­dle on one of the fastest-grow­ing pur­suits on the planet.

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