How to become one of the best professional players in the world



The best players in the world

Luka Berkowitz still remembers the first time he picked up a computer mouse and keyboard.

He was a young kid and watched his older brother enjoying the virtual world of video games before finally it was his turn.

"I thought she looked really cool," the 21-year-old told CNN Sport. "I didn't really know what to do."

Since then, things have changed for the Croatian who has become one of the best League of Legends (League) players in the world.

Perkz, who now represents video game giant G2 Esports, is taking part in the lucrative Worlds 2019 Final, a global tournament in which the best league teams of the world compete against each other.

Addiction to the next level.

Perkz got really hooked during a non-school period after a period of health issues when he spent hours playing games in his bedroom.

He had no idea that this new hobby would soon become his profession.

However, it was not an easy path. As he spent more and more hours honing his online skills, his high school grades began to suffer, which started to worry his parents.

“I used to wake up when my parents slept, and they played a little more championship. So they didn't know I was up at night,” he laughed.

However, it seems that a professional playing career has never been achievable with the esports boom seemingly far from his hometown of Croatia.

It wasn't until he spent the summer playing a series of challenges that he and his parents realized Perk's potential.

After joining G2 Esports in 2015, he now travels the world and his talent has allowed him to build a solid reputation on social media, reaching hundreds of thousands of people.

''I've always seen it as a job'

It's a path to the top not unfamiliar for Perck's current teammate Rasmus "Caps" Winther, who joined the team last year.

For 19-year-old Capps, the idea of ​​a professional esports career was still on his mind after growing up in a video game-crazy family in Denmark.

His older brother was a professional Dota player, which meant that his parents were more sympathetic to his ambitions to succeed in the competitive league world, a game he loved once he had it.

"I think I've always considered it a job," Capps told CNN Sport of the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London.

"Simply because I've always wanted to be the best. I've always known that it takes."

Before he became a professional, Caps had to sacrifice a lot at a young age to maintain his level.

Like Percks, his grades began to suffer and Caps' spare time outside school was checked, but all the hard work paid off once he hit the big stage.


During the summer in Turkey, the Dane convinced himself and his parents that this was where he belonged.

“It was a surreal experience. I can still remember the feeling of doing [the first] big play on stage,” he said.

Hate on the Internet

Although both young men enjoy life as a professional gamer, this profession has not been without its difficulties.

Just as junior footballers have to adjust to life in the spotlight, esports stars must learn to deal with criticism from an often fickle online audience.

It's a lesson Percs learned the hard way after facing a sermon of abuse online when he started calling himself a number.

Now that he's embraced a more considerate personality on the internet, there was a time when the 21-year-old would be candid. He blamed "trolling" for the backlash he received after suffering a tough streak in his first year as a professional.

“It backfired really, really, really hard, in a way that I think a lot of people can’t even begin to imagine,” he said, saying the abuse made him reconsider a career in esports.

“Miles and miles of people blamed me. He couldn't even get online because it would be mentally draining every time he reads a comment.

It's a fact that Caps also accepts, but fortunately for G2 Esports players they can seek the advice of their charismatic owner Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez who, as a former professional, has helped his young players adjust to the VCR. of interest.

Tip top esports is a game of mind and is often revived in players in off-screen time to allow their minds to reset.

For Percs, music is the stimulant he needs to shut him down. Following in his sister's footsteps, he became a classical guitarist by training and is grateful to celebrate a hobby completely different from his career.
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