For many gamers, esports are the ultimate dream. The life of an esports professional is filled with competition, relentless training, and uncertain futures. We recently spoke with Enzo “WarKr0Zz” Conte, a streamer who’s worked as a manager and player for multiple esports titles, to get a glimpse into the life of those living the dream.
Enzo “WarKr0Zz” Conte: I started playing esports when I was very young, maybe 9 or 10, for the Call of Duty games. I quickly fell in love with the spirit of competition; whenever I came home from school I’d rush to the computer to practice day and night. When I was 16, I started to play Overwatch and reached Top 500 on ladder. That was when multiple teams contacted me and I ended up joining HuB e-sport. When I saw the cash prizes available in Fortnite, I switched to this new scene and have won several tournaments and cash prizes.
I have two major preparations when training for tournaments: Mentally, I try not to think about losing, and I make sure to spend time with my friends and family the day beforehand. All other days I’m training in Fortnite’s Creative Mode. I watch a lot of videos to learn new tricks and practice them in Creative Mode, especially the endgame because it’s the most difficult part; you always end with like 50 people in a zone smaller than a room.
The stream is a part of my training. I stream almost every time I train, because after the stream I can watch it again to see the mistakes I made. Also, it’s really cool to stream because you can share some moments with your viewers who saw you in a tournament.
Streaming is a huge opportunity for professionals because you show everyone that you can regularly play at your level. And sometimes, when I do something awesome a viewer will clip it and share it on Twitter…so all the teams and community will see it.
Players only need to worry about playing and practicing. When you are a manager, it’s more difficult; you have to personally know all the players on the team and how they work mentally. When I was a manager I regularly planned “scrims,” which is where you train with other teams. The whole organization of the team rides on your shoulders.
Becoming an esport player is really difficult; you have to be really good from the beginning. After that, it’s all about rhythm. Sometimes you’ll be playing for up to 12 hours a day, but you can’t quit. I had to balance my practice routine with my studies, but it’s something that feels really rewarding when you stick it through to success.