Interview with Xavier 'Somniac' Nardella in Hyper Magazine

TALKING SHOP WITH SEASONED ESPORTS VETERAN, XAVIER 'SOMNIAC' NARDELLA - A COMPETITIVE STREET FIGHTER PLAYER AND TWO-TIME BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE (BAM) CHAMPION.

It wasn’t too long ago that that the idea of playing video games for a living was considered an absurdity. “Pro gamer?” scoffers would scoff. “What’s next? Pro television watcher?” Part of the reason many people were – and, let’s be honest, sill are – sceptical of pro gaming and esports is that they fail to appreciate how much talent and effort it takes to play games at an international level. Video games are considered entertainment, and entertainment is not supposed to be difficult.

Read Somniac's interview below and you’ll come to understand just how false this assumption really is. You will find out what it’s like to be a pro gamer from a pro gamer himself. What does it take to make it to the top? How much training do you need? What happens to your social life, and how do you convince your family that you’re not throwing your life away? For the answers to all these questions and more, read on...

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