How does it feel like to be a professional gamer, some people ask. Is it really a dream too good to be true?
VolariGamers had the chance to catch up with Corey (also known as mYm|coRey), who is well known for his real time strategy prowess and is one of the few true professional gamers. Corey recently won the Danish Acon4 LAN finals and got the second place in the Scandinavian Acon4 finals. He will as a result represent Denmark at the ACON4 Finals in Shanghai, China.
First of all, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello, my name is Kasper Jacobsen, im 19 years old and Im from Brøndby, Denmark.
How does it feel like to be a professional videogame (eSport) player?
Feels pretty good, I like playing the game and I like competing on a higher level.
When did you first encounter computer games? How did you come to professional gaming?
I’ve played computer pretty much my entire life, I first started online playing in warcraft 2 – later SC/BW and now warcraft 3 At first I just played alot of ladder and then the proffesional part just came all by itself. Practice is the key word in esport gaming.
Why did you choose Warcraft3 as you main game?
I always liked RTS games, and I’ve always liked Blizzard games – especially Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2, so it was a pretty natural choise for me.
What race do you play? And why?
I play orc. I play them because I’ve always played them, I’ve played them since warcraft 1 – and I really like their units and cool design.
How do you feel MeetYourMakers compares to the other great teams on the Warcraft3 scene?
I think we can beat any team out there on a good day and I think we will go far in wc3l this season.
You WON the Danish Acon4 LAN finals and got the second place in the Scandinavian Acon4 finals – thereby winning a ticket to CHINA, how do you feel about going to China to play Warcraft?
I’m happy that I won, pretty much everything just went my way in the two finals – and I’m looking forward to the tourney in China, where I’ll defend the mYm flag at the best of my abilities!
What do sponsors mean for you? And what do you think they mean for a team in general?
Sponsors are the second most important thing in esport, the most important thing is interest for the game. No crowd that follows the games then no sponsors for the teams, no sponsors for the teams no professional esport. So sponsors are a vital part of esport I think.
How much of a hardcore gamer were you before you went pro?
Hardcore and hardcore, I think I played 3-4 hours a day, some days I played 8 hours – while other days I played less.
What hardware do you use?
Volari V8 Ultra Duo card, Pentium 4 2,8ghz, Asus mainboard, 512DDR RAM, 120 GB HD, Orion Flat Screen, fUnc mousepad, Logitech 550 mouse, Logitech keyboard.
How much of a difference does hardware make in gaming?
Well, you have to have hardware that can make the game run at 100% at all times and perform the best, like the XGI Volari V8 Ultra Duo does!
Can you tell us how much Volari has impacted your gaming experience?
It has impacted it allot. I can now play Warcraf3 in the highest resoloution with all details enabled, this improves my game.
How do you feel about XGI Tech, supporting you and your team?
Im honoured that a major company like XGI Tech would sponsor me and my team, and I look forward to a long a good cooperation with XGI Tech.
What do you do before a tournament? Do you train a lot?
Usually I relax the day before and try not to stress myself too much, I wanna keep everything cool and play my game as good as possible. And ofcouse win.
How do you feel like when playing in front of an audience? Do you ever feel nervous?
No not really, I used to play allot of table tennis in front of pretty big crowds, and the last thing you want to be in a table tennis game is nervous. So I pretty much learned to ignore those feelings – not completely but to some point.
Is it hard for you to strike up a friendly game in Warcraft III? I’d imagine everyone runs for cover when you show up.
Hehe no, allot of people wants to play with high level players – to learn and/or practice, but I usually just play ladder since its the easiest way to get a opponent of equal skill.
Do you still happen to play games just for fun When you’re not getting ready for a tournament?
I just play ladder mainly, so I guess you can say I play ladder for fun.
What do your parents think of all this? And what do you friends think?
My family and friends are very supportive – I was even late for my grandmothers 80 year old birthday since I had to play the Scandinavian Acon4 finals, and they still gave me a standing applause when I came to the party later If that isn’t support I don’t know what is.
Do you sometimes wonder how you got up to where you now are?
Sometimes, but then I just remember how many hours I played and then it makes sense to some degree.
Do you ever have thoughts about retirement?
Not really, as long as I like the game I will play it.
What is cybersport’s future in your opinion?
Hard to tell, but I think esport will eventually become a ‘real’ sport… someday..
Thank you for your time and patience. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Watch out – this isn’t just a reactor!