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 team.
He was drafted by the Brisbane Deceptors into their team for the Gfinity Elite Series, which airs on Channel One on Sunday mornings from 8-11am.
Smith 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 a number of 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,” he said.
“I began spending most of my time practicing and learning the game, rather then just playing it.”
While he admitted it took some adjusting to the concept of actually being paid to play video games, Smith said he was lucky to be earning money to do something he loved.
“Gaming is something I love to do and getting better and working hard at things is also something I love to do,” he said.