Lucas Larsen, a 17-year-old from Greve, is one of the world’s top players of the wildly popular computer game League of Legends (LoL). Some 67 million people play the game, but only a tiny fraction of those find a way to monetise what for most is a hobby. Players of Larsen’s calibre can earn up to 80,000 kroner a month.
“You need to train every day, and even that doesn’t mean you’ll be ready when the time comes,” Larsen – who is known as Santorin online – told Metroxpress.
Larsen says he trains eight to 14 hours every day.
Gaming into Los Angeles
The young gamer recently signed a contract with America's best LoL team, Team SoloMid, and moved to Los Angeles to live with his teammates.
“The best thing about being a professional online athlete is having fans and playing computer games for a living,” Larsen said.
He declined to say how much he earns, but the total prize money at major tournaments can be as much as 14 million kroner.
“In the beginning, my parents hesitated a little when I said I wanted to play LoL professionally, but they have always supported me no matter what.”