Life al­ready a game of two halves af­ter in­her­i­tance

Sunday Star-Times - - NEWS - DANI MCDON­ALD

Sean Mas­caren­has is liv­ing the dream – the 26-year-old has by­passed a life­time of work and bounced straight into a leisurely re­tire­ment.

Mas­caren­has pre­vi­ously worked for the BNZ but thanks to an in­her­i­tance two years ago – he in­vested in Auck­land prop­erty – he can spend his days re­fin­ing his skills in the World of War­craft video game, aim­ing to com­pete at a gath­er­ing of the world’s best in Ohio this month.

His team, the Gulch Trot­ters, will com­pete for a prize pool of US$250,000 (NZ$356,273).

His days are stress­free. He sleeps un­til 10 – ‘‘never ear­lier’’ – and starts video-game prac­tice around noon, en­ter­ing a fantasy uni­verse of orcs, dwarfs, gnomes and gob­lins, and fin­ishes at 10pm. He might take a two-hour lunch break and a din­ner break.

Mas­caren­has has been hooked on World of War­craft since the age of 12, and sees him­self play­ing games un­til he’s 60.

‘‘As long as I keep my health up, which I’m sure I will be able to, there shouldn’t be any is­sues.’’

Sean Mas­caren­has

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