Brady Girardi is the envy of many teenagers. Not solely is he allowed to play video video games as a lot as he desires, he additionally will get paid for doing it.
The seventeen-yr-outdated Lethbridge gamer is an Esports participant for the Immortals Overwatch staff.
He’s been enjoying video video games most of his life however has confronted some opposition in the large quantity of hours he’s been on the controls.
“I think I was constantly nagging at him to turn off the game and go outside,” Brady’s mother Sharon Ulrich stated. “Go be social. We got into a few battles about that for sure.”
The nagging by no means actually stopped Brady although. When he was sixteen, he labored forward on his on-line faculty work to free himself as much as play a brand new sport known as Overwatch. He performed the sport continuously, and was a pure from the start.
“I made it to top 50 in North America my first time playing, which is pretty good,” Girardi stated. “So I realized after that this could be an actual possibility for me to play professionally.”
After he was signed by Immortals, Girardi moved to Los Angeles to hitch his teammates.
“I kind of thought I wouldn’t be able to handle it,” Girardi stated. “I do miss my family a lot, but I get to see them every once in a while, so that makes it easier. And I get to see my dogs through FaceTime. But it has been a good adjustment.”
Brady and his staff observe six hours a day, six days per week, together with a number of hours of video overview of their on-line matches, it’s a number of work, however he loves doing it.
“It’s really cool that I get to do this,” Girardi stated. “I’d be playing video games if I weren’t doing it for a job… It’s just practicing, because that’s what you need in video games to be at the top level.”
Girardi receives a month-to-month wage, and his seven-particular person staff break up 90 per cent of the cash they win in tournaments. Which, for some occasions, may be very vital. At a match in Texas, his staff received $100,000.
The choice to maneuver to L.A. is proving fruitful.
And whereas his mother could have wanted convincing, she’s absolutely on board now. She watches all his match video games, and may even inform when he’s not on his ‘A’ sport.
“Oh yeah, I can tell when he’s not playing well, I’ve watched him enough now to know,” Ulrich stated. “I say to myself, ‘get your head in the game Brady focus’ so it’s interesting. It’s kind of like cheering him on when he used to play soccer.”
In addition to enjoying with staff Immortal, Brady can also be competing in the Overwatch World Cup for staff Canada.
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