My name is Bratt Johnson. I am a gamer and this is my story.
I was eight when I started playing video games. By the time I reached 18, I became a big-time gaming addict (which I still am). I was good with my grades. That was enough reason for my parents to not have any issue with my gaming habit. However, this changed when I reached college.
Throughout my school years, I somehow managed to do well at academics. But, once I completed my schooling and got into a college, things started going downhill. Suddenly, I started feeling the pressure of studies.
It was getting difficult for me to handle my gaming addiction and academics at the same time. I realized that I should get away from gaming. But, it wasn’t that easy. There was another problem.
I had been an introvert in my school days. Nothing changed in college. I was still hesitant in approaching people and making new friends. I found my escapade in gaming. The virtual world of gaming was my only source of fun and my only escapade from the real world.
However, there came a point in my life when I started feeling that gaming is something that has been holding me back from being my best. I started wondering if I should completely give up gaming.
That was when I met Jonathan. He is a junior from my college. I wouldn’t have known that we were in the same college if I didn’t happen to meet him at a Gaming Expo. Going to such gaming events was the only way I socialized.
At the Expo, it was Jonathan who approached me first and introduced himself. Initially, I wasn’t very interested in getting to know him. But, things started changing soon. Since that day, he started following me around and at one point in time, he even came to my place.
While I was certainly irritated by his actions, soon I realized that he was just following me only to convince me to form a team with him for a gaming contest.
While I was making efforts to get away from gaming, he was there to make me realize that I was only meant to be a gamer. I don’t know how I got so influenced by this guy, but it was only because of him that I became a full-time gamer.
I am 24 now. He is 21. We play together at world tournaments. We also have a Twitch channel which is growing popular. When we started streaming on Twitch, we had very few followers. We followed an unconventional approach and got some followers from a website. This is the website I am talking about: www.streameronfire.com.
Once we had enough following on our Twitch channel, we started making money. That is how we could afford to go to world tournaments every single year.
I dropped out of college 3 months ago. Jonathan is still wondering if I had taken the right decision. But, I am quite sure of what I want. My goal now is to create a platform for gamers to help them clear their head and pursue careers in gaming without a second thought. This is what keeps me going every day.