The Starcraft Finals is a gaming competition. For the average person, videogames are a leisure time activity, entertaining, but hardly profitable. For people at the very top, however, gaming is not just for fun, it is a serious sport with serious opportunity and earnings.
Gaming competitions are so popular globally, that a 2005 competition drew more viewers than the Super Bowl had attendees! For young people, it can be a risky venture. Many top gamers are trying to make it big as competitive gamers. It can be a hard business to get into because you need name recognition to get sponsorship and make money.
A Dutch player named Ferry van de Pol is trying to make it big. His game name is Darkomicron. He has just finished high school, and is age 18. He is taking a gap year between high school and college to see if he can make it big in the gaming competitions.
It’s an expensive business to get into, though, with travel costs to get to events extremely high. Van de Pol also wants to get into a training house in Poland, but he can’t afford the 600 euros a month that it costs.
Do you think it’s worth putting off an education to make it big in gaming? Or is it too risky a choice?