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Pro gaming has been a buzz-word for quite sometime now, however it doesn't seem to have taken off in the UK like many other countries. Could it be down to the fact that we Brit's don't take gaming too seriously, or do we have some sort of disadvantage? We ask 6 players who all came in the top 7 for the UK Babbages CPL qualifier some questions.

the whole the questions were kept as similar as possible :-

you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?
you feel that other gamers in the UK would do the same?
you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming? these aren't full interviews, but it did spawn some interesting responses.

off we have Clan Unreal's Pumpkin who came 6th in the Babbages CPL qualifier, is a member of the Scotland team and on the selection panel for the UK Team.

Would you be willing to give up any current job you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

[Pumpkin] Not really, it would be very hard for me to make as much money from gaming as I do at the moment. I doubt it would be possible without putting in Fatality style practice schedules.
Semi-Pro however, that is a different matter.


[rocker] Do you feel that is the general situation with gamers in the UK?

[Pumpkin] It depends, older gamers yes, the ones that already have steady jobs that they are happy with them etc ...
I feel the future of professional gaming is with the young, the people that have nothing, and so can afford to give it a go, knowing they have nothing to loose if they don't make it.


[rocker] Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?

] I think it has as much chance as anywhere else in terms of player skill. I think Blokey and Timber proved this at the CPL. However, if the money doesn't come into the local scene, the way it has with OCR+MTW in Germany, and e9/ALL in Sweden.Next we move onto Silent who is a member of the current Barrysworld Quake 3 league champion's 4 Kings. Having participated in all the UK qualifiers and the World Cyber Games Tournament and finishing a very respectable 14th place. Would you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

[4K^Silent] Yes, although to be honest, I wouldn't really have to give anything up. I already work in gaming, and my current job would be compatible with being a pro gamer. I would just cut down on my hours to allow for more practice.

[rocker] Do you feel that your situation is common within gamers and would other gamers be willing to give up their jobs/education to persue a line in pro gaming?

[4K^Silent] Actually, I think a majority of UK gamers (those at the kind of skill level who could possibly be faced with this choice, at least) would not give up their jobs/education. I've spoken to most of the top uk Quake 3 players about this at 1 time or another and most of them either have a good job or are not at the kind of stage of their education where they could just 'put it on hold'. My position is unusual, in that I have finished my education but not really started my career. I don't have a well paid job to give up (yet) but I also don't have any studies to do because I just finished uni.

[rocker] Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?

t] I think there are several members of 4 Kings / Unreal that could possibly make it as a pro gamer depending how big it gets in the future. At the moment, Timber and Blokey could probably go pro if they put some effort in. HooD's Requiem has also been turning up for all the past CPL qualifiers, and has had good results in all, in the last qualifier coming in at 4th place, behind the Spanish unknown, Logan.
[rocker] Would you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

[Requiem] Yeh definitely. The money seems quite good, and it's doing something I enjoy a lot, so yeh.

[rocker] Do you feel that your situation is common within gamers and would other gamers be willing to give up their jobs/education to persue a line in pro gaming?

[Requiem] I think other proven gamers, who've had a little bit of money come there way would definitely consider it, it's pretty much easy money if you're good enough and have the confidence to know you're good enough. Although I imagine some jobs being too good to give up.

[rocker] Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?

[Requiem] Well, it's going to be the obvious answers really. q50, luke, blokey, timber. I don't think I'm quite up there yet, though I'm yet to have a go against anyone non-uk, as are many other top uk players I haven't mentioned. I've played some big(ish) euro names and beaten them, but that was online and it's totally different on a lan, as that's where it counts. Thought I do think the scene tends to bias towards certain players and clans. I think more sponsorship is needed but there aren't many companies outside of computing industries willing to do that, especially with the lesser known names who, with a bit of time and practice could be beating the 'best' at the moment. After all, Ed Watson (from tpf) said it should be a sport, and yet there are no 'new' names making it big within the last year, because gaming takes a lot of time to get good at. most if not all the top players have been playing since QuakeWorld or Quake 2, so perhaps these players who ARE recognised as "pros" need to be encouraged to give us publicity, and broaden Quake 3 knowledge, however it's all changing to team games now, so most of this is redundant :)
The next three are all from Clan Unreal, with their strong showing in the past CPL qualifier, coming 1,2,5 and 6th. First up is Luke, who came in at 5th in the recent Babbages Qualifier and has huge experience from being in the UK Team for Quake 2 and a member of the Scotland Quake 3 team.
[rocker] Would you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

R-Luke] Yes definitely, if it was going to be something which would provide a decent wage (i.e. enough to live on) then I'd do it definitely. I wouldn't do it if we were just talking "sponsorship" as in travel/accommodation costs etc for Quake 3 events.
Do you feel that your situation is common within gamers and would other gamers be willing to give up their jobs/education to persue a line in pro gaming?
R-Luke] Yeah definitely, I know for a fact most of UNR would do it in a second if they knew it was going to be something they could make a living from.
Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?
R-Luke] Yeah definitely, Blokey and Timber both did really well at the last CPL event (Blokey came 6th in the world, Timber 13th-16th) as far as dueling is concerned I think those two could definitely be successful. Also in teamplay I think we have two clans, UNR and 4K, who could do very well in worldwide teamplay competition and to be honest teamplay is where I see Quake 3 as a competitive sport going.
Blokey, who is also a member of Clan Unreal has just come back from the excellant 6th placing in the Babbages CPL event and having won the first ever CPL qualifier, and come second in the next two, is a firm "people's favourite" on his modem.
Would you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

] No, but I'd like to do it in my gap year to try it out first.
Do you feel that your situation is common within gamers and would other gamers be willing to give up their jobs/education to persue a line in pro gaming?
] I think most would be hesitant unless it was a really sure thing or you were getting the kind of money fatality makes.
Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?
] Well me and timber are already doing pretty well with it. Timber's made at least 8k or so this year and I've made 6k ish and thats without sponsorship. In theory next year we could make even more, add sponsorship and you've got a reasonable salary.
Next we move onto Timber, who joined Unreal from Clan 9. Being one of the top QuakeWorld duelers, and having nicknames such as "Timbot" Timber has a reputation for being one of the best duelers in the UK. His recent 1st placing in the CPL qualifier and 13-16 placing in the Babbages event is very impressive.
Would you be willing to give up any current job/education you hold to take up gaming as a full time profession?

NO, finish education first as in "A" levels, however giving up a job would be ok though.

Do you feel that your situation is common within gamers and would other gamers be willing to give up their jobs/education to persue a line in pro gaming?
No, only sujoy and hakeem.. :)


[rocker] Would you say anyone in the UK particularly stands out in terms of skill and has the chance to be successful at professional gaming?
Yes, however I and all UK players need a connection that is more acceptable, because ISDN isn't any more and then maybe we can be take it more seriously.