‘Passion’ is a word often thrown around with little meaning attached, but one member of the Apex Legends esports community has proven that true passion is impossible to deny.
In a journey of epic proportions, this ALGS superfan drove for 20 days from China to the UK in a customised Apex Legends car. You could say they would drive 5,000 miles, and they would drive 5,000 more. Hannah Marie caught up with them to find out more.
Vita’s mission began in Shanghai, China. From there, they traversed two continents to reach the UK just in time for the LAN to begin.
Word of his incredible pilgrimage spread like wildfire, igniting a shared respect and admiration from other LAN attendees.
ALGS superfan Vita responded to his new supporters, telling Esports News UK: “I have to say, this is totally unexpected for me. I just wanted to drive from China to here and didn’t expect what I am experiencing now.
“Everyone here thinks I’m great, and they admire me! I’m very happy and very glad that I had the opportunity to be here with others.”
Many may be questioning what exactly inspired him to undertake such a long, challenging journey.
According to Vita: “There are several reasons that led me to drive here. The current season is the best time for me to take a road trip to Europe. I can see the most beautiful scenery in this season in Europe.
“On the journey here by car, I could discover the unknown. I could discover new issues and find ways to solve them. When we travelled through each one, we would encounter different issues such as currencies, languages… but I love challenges! All of the issues we face on the road presented challenges to us.’
Regardless, the ALGS superfan persisted through every challenge that arose during the 20-day period.
And EA recognised his efforts, giving him some merch for his troubles.
“We faced two particularly hard challenges. The first was in Central Asia – many of these countries, like Kazakhstan, don’t have particularly good roads,” Vita told Esports News UK.
“It was so easy to damage our car on the journey. Our car wheels were damaged once, and due to the language barrier, we couldn’t find a garage to fix the car and get replacements.
“Another big issue was getting car insurance in the UK! Nowdays, there are very few Chinese cars on UK roads. We needed to make sure we could drive our car legally on UK roads. When we were in Germany, it took me three of four days to find an insurance company that would sell insurance to us.”
However, no challenge can overshadow the experience of finally making it to the ALGS Split 2 Playoffs. Amidst interviews, ALGS superfan Vita has been able to watch the game he travelled so far to see.
When asked what the most beautiful part of his journey was, he simply responded: “London. It was the most beautiful part.”
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Hannah is a writer specialising in the esports, gaming, and technology sectors. Working for companies such as Lionscreed Esports, Esports Insider, and SideQuest Hub she has developed a love for wider esports and Apex Legends, although it may never surpass her drive to passionately beat her friends in every game of Mariokart. You may have seen her at various esports and gaming events, including ESI London, EGX, Discover: Esports and many League of Legends watch parties.