Brandon Anderson: Student or Gamer?
December 14, 2017
On the outside, junior Brandon Anderson may just seem like a normal student. He attends to school every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., completes his assignments and hangs out with friends just like every other average teenage. What most people do not realize is that Anderson on September 10th, 2017, he signed his first pro contract with the professional E-Sports team, Adaptation. They picked Anderson up after he won the Road To BCX Tournament, a tournament funded and held by the team Adaptation. “The grand prize was a contract with their organization,” Anderson stated. The game he won the tournament playing is Brawlhalla, the online interactive fighting game where 2 or more players fight to knock each other off a stage.
Anderson started playing video games at a very young age, but it was not until he was thirteen that he started treating videogames as a possible career option and not a fun hobby. He now claims to log a minimum of 4 hours a day to honing his skills in video games. He believes that his extended amounts of practice and hardwork in video games is what makes him as good as he is in the games he excels at.
At this moment, Anderson is ranked at number 19 for single player online battles in the world for the game Brawlhalla. However, in the united states, He is ranked 10th. In 2v2 competitive matches, him and his partner who goes by the alias “Colosix,” are ranked 2nd in the world. Anderson and his partner have a win loss record of 86 win to 28 losses. That means on average, they win three games before they lose one game. Anderson has logged 200 hours on the game, that may seem absurd to some, but when compared to the number one player, who goes by the alias “Remmy,” that is a small fraction of time.“Remmy” logged 4,749 hours on the game, that translates to 6 and a half months just spent fighting for his first place spot. With a small fraction of time logged in the game compared to other top tier players, Anderson still holds his own. When asked how Anderson was so good at Brawlhalla, Anderson responded, “I had played other fighting games and that helped me out.” The games in mention are Tekken and Super Smash Bros., both games are just like Brawlhalla. Anderson eventually wants to branch out into other games, those games being Counter Strike and Gears of War. He has spent over 1000 hours on both the preceding video games.
Anderson has played in many online tournaments and few tournaments across America. One competition at the beginning of the school year was in New York City and another in Atlanta, Georgia. the tournament in Atlanta was the world championship and anderson finished top 36 in single player competition which earned him an easy 250 dollars, and in doubles him and his partner ended with a top 8 finish and that feat was rewarded with 1,000$ to split between the two of them. From everything Anderson has accomplished in competitive gaming, He might of just found himself a future career where he can thrive and prosper in.