entirely about that circuit life for OpTic Gaming’s pro players.
Behind the scrims, the tournaments, the constant travel, there’s
simply the game – the reasons they play, and the moments that drew
them in. We’ve asked them to share a little about their favorite
gaming moments in general – to remember that rush.
PUBG fragger Michael Robins was but a lad when the gaming bug bit
him, thanks to – of all things – the nature of Corporate IT
culture. “When I was a kid, my dad used to work for a bank in
London, in the IT department,” reminisced Robins. “When I went to
work with him one day, just on their lunch break, I guess, there were
32 of them playing Quake against each other.”
any game can claim itself to be the grandfather of modern esports, it
would be hard to deny Quake the title. Though it was far from the
first multiplayer FPS, its 1996 release coincided with modernized
networking tech and 3D gameplay – a perfect storm of circumstances
that made it the game to define an era. It was also the game to take
the veil off Michael’s eyes as to the possibilities in gaming.
until then, my experience with video games in general was a hobby you
would do at home on your own,” said Robins. “Kinda just seeing
people coming together and playing video games” ultimately led him
down the road toward competitive shooters.
wasn’t Quake that made that final push, though. A few hardware and
console generations later, Call of Duty 4 on the Xbox 360 sang its
was the first time it was kind of easily accessible to go online,
meet new people, play against people from all over the world – and
there was kind of the social interaction with the first time there
was in-game voice and stuff like that,” said Michael. “Leading on
from that, just that whole competitive thing chucked in with the
social interaction was what got me invested in gaming.”
pride. Definitely a matter of pride. What got him plugged into the
tournament scene was simply “wanting to feel as if I was better
than X many people in the game, and having a page that said that.
Something that was, like – I guess a track record of how many
people I dicked on.”
With his push into PUBG, that list grows longer by the year.