BBC Radio 4 recently ran a feature on eSports for its ‘You and Yours’ show, covering the summer 2016 ESL UK League of Legends finals.
They interviewed several people from the finals at London Comic Con, including host Matt Andrews, ESL UK co-MD James Dean, caster Joe “Munchables” Fenny and Origen/Epiphany Bolt player Augustas “Toaster” Ruplys.
Toaster said: “I’ve been playing since I was like five years old. I got into League of Legends around six years ago, and three years ago I realised I could do well.
“You can make a lot of money – the really big players can make like £300k a year.”
He added: “League of Legends is the only thing I truly have a passion for – it’s what I live for. I was never really into studying, I always bunked lessons and stuff.”
You can listen to the full report below:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.