Young Danish gamer among world’s best

17-year-old earning a living from his exploits

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.

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“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.”