1) What made you decide on a career switch from a corporate job to pursue a career in the gaming industry? How did you feel?
I had an interesting encounter. My brother was offered a free trip to US for competitions, and I was so against the idea of him going overseas. So, I decided to be the manager of the team and this is how I started my journey. Before I joined this industry, I had a serious biased point of view about Esports and now I feel that this industry changed my life in positive ways.
2) You mentioned that Esports players do not have to commit to gaming fully and can balance between schooling and playing professionally in order to chase their dreams. What gave you the inspiration to say so?
When I started my esports journey, everyone around me telling me Singapore Esports Athletes will not be able to compete with other countries because they are full time Esports Athletes, and we are not. I decided to explore different ways of training and make sure we are productive in all our trainings as our Esports Athletes are preparing their A levels and University projects. We managed to claim 4th in a world championship, and we won lots of the full time Esports Athletes. So, I asked myself if other countries can then why not Singapore?
3) What were some of the difficulties you faced as a team manager? How did you overcome them?
Parents misconception about esports as most of the parents would think esports means they are playing games and ignore about their studies, and another difficulty I faced is individuals commitment. For example, a lot of the Esports Athletes have to enlist into national service when thats the prime age for them to compete.
4) What is your proudest moment as a team manager?
During 2017 Vainglory World Championship, no one believed that we will be able to go far in this tournament. But when we won the previous year champion team and make it out of the group-stage I hear the crowd cheering for our Singapore team. This is when I told myself we made it, we show people Singapore Esports Athletes able to go for Esports.
5) Is there anything you would like to change in Singapore’s esports industry? Why?
Singapore Esports culture. Majority of the people in Singapore would not support local teams and give negative comments. I hope someday everyone would stand together with the local esports team and support them.
6) What is an advice you would give to someone who is pursuing their dream?
Dont choose comfort at an age when you should be struggling. Only after a period of time when you meet your best self. Dont be frightened by the immediate conflict and make your legs weak and stop moving. In the future, you will definitely thank yourself for working hard now. Always believe that the harder you work, the luckier you are, and all that is lost will return in another way.
7) What does thriving mean to you?
Thriving to me is the day when people talk about esports in Singapore and having my name mentioned. To make Singapore a better place for esports.