After a million-dollar showing in South Korea, an Edmonton professional eSports player is already battling it out in his next major competition.
“Playing a game, especially a game I enjoy … for a living? It’s just a dream” said 19-year-old Nolan Burdick.
Burdick came in second place with his former team Zenith eSports after a three-month-long tournament playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — also known as PubG.
The combat-style game starts with a large map area that shrinks over time and teams work to be the last group standing.
There were 32 teams from around the world competing in the tournament. All the players first had to quarantine upon arrival so Burdick said organizers increased the length of the tournament.
After that event, Burdick signed to the Dignitas team that includes three other players and a coach. His teammates are spread out across the globe with one in Texas, one in the United Kingdom and the other in Brazil. Their coach leads the way from his home base in France.
“We’ll scrim pretty much every day,” Burdick said. “A scrim is just like a practice run of what a competitive day would be like. So, we play six games.”
Just like in any other professional sport, the