Pro-gam­ing star

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

Ari ‘‘Shok’’ Greene-young, 17, has moved over­seas and lives in a pro­fes­sional video gam­ing house.

Grow­ing up in Auck­land, what did you like best about liv­ing here?

The thing I al­ways loved about Auck­land is how di­verse it is with so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple and cul­tures. I think grow­ing up in this en­vi­ron­ment re­ally made me more out­go­ing and ac­cept­ing as a per­son.

How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? Where are you now?

Orig­i­nally born in Hamil­ton, I’ve lived in cen­tral Auck­land al­most my whole life. Now I live in a gam­ing house in Syd­ney.

What do you like least about Auck­land and how can we fix it?

I’ve al­ways thought that Auck­land suf­fered from poor pub­lic trans­port com­pared to other big cities. Hon­estly, I’m not sure how to fix it as it’s such a large is­sue, but an im­por­tant step is for the pub­lic to recog­nise it as a prob­lem rather than just think­ing it’s fine the way it is. How did you get into pro-gam­ing? Like many kids, I played video games a lot grow­ing up but it wasn’t un­til I was around 14 when I at­tended a big New Zealand LAN event that I de­cided pro-gam­ing was what I wanted to pur­sue. From there I prac­tised a lot while bal­anc­ing school which cer­tainly wasn’t the eas­i­est thing to do. How­ever the hard work paid off and as soon as I was com­pet­i­tively of age (17), I was signed onto a pro­fes­sional League of Leg­ends team. How far do you want to take it? I want to take pro gam­ing as far as I can, I’ve al­ways told my­self that I would hate to look back

‘‘Like many kids I played video games a lot grow­ing up’’

years in the fu­ture and wished I’d given it a bit more or tried a lit­tle harder, so I’m do­ing my best to take this as far as I can and hope­fully play at a world cham­pi­onship one day.

The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is...

The Auck­land wa­ter­front, it’s a plea­sure to look at and there are some great places to eat in the area.

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