Becoming a professional gamer isn't as simple as quitting your nine-to-five and picking up a controller. It takes years of practice, perseverance, and unrelenting remarks about how you should get up off your ass and enjoy the wonderful weather outside, or, you know, get a real job.
Enter professional Russian gamer Alexei "Solo" Berezin, who we're guessing has had to deal with considerably less of the "get up off your ass" bit lately, on account of just having won a brand-new Mercedes-Benz playing Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2).
Berezin, Team Virtus.pro captain, will take home the yet to be revealed vehicle (he can choose any car from the whole Mercedes-Benz model range worth up to €50,000) after leading his team to a win in the recently concluded Electronic Sports League (ESL) Hamburg Major, and being voted most valuable player by fans and jury alike. This is one of the largest non-cash prizes in the history of eSports, Mercedes-Benz says.
"It is simply incredible. Prize money is now an integral component in eSports, but to win a Mercedes-Benz? I would not even have dared to dream of it a week ago. I am totally happy," Berezin said.
Mercedes-Benz was a constant figure throughout the course of the event. Besides the prize, the company offered shuttle services and even provided competing teams with individually branded team cars leading up to the competition. The German carmaker has already expressed interest in working with the ESL in future events.
So the next time your parents get on your case for 'wasting' too much time playing video games, show them this. Hey, it's might not be a Ferrari, but it's a start, right?