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11 February, 2004

the perfect job every kids dream

The 22-year-old Johnathan is making an average of US 50 grand a year. He travels around the world, free. He has all the latest computer gears, free. His job? Play computer games, "professional tournament gamer" I shall call him.

A few years ago, Johnathan Wendel was just another kid in high school with a yen for playing fast-paced computer games such as "Quake III." Now, he's getting sponsored for playing "Quake III." David Becker of CNET reports.

Nowadays, the 22-year-old is drawing the attention of MTV documentarians, courting endorsements from major chipmakers and launching his own PC line, all based on those same "Quake" skills.

By most standards, Wendel, better-known as Fatal1ty, is the top star on the burgeoning tournament gaming scene, in which computer gaming buffs compete head-to-head in shooting games such as "Quake" and "Unreal Tournament," gunning for fame and five-digit prize packages.

Wendel was one of the first tournament gamers to go pro. Gaming has been his life the past few years, and he estimates he earns an average of $50,000 a year from tournaments, not counting perks such as free travel to the top tournaments and increasingly lucrative endorsement contracts from tech companies looking to boost credibility with the lucrative hardcore gamer market. Now he's working on plans to sell his own high-end line of Fatal1ty-branded PCs.

For complete article, Is this the perfect profession or what? (David Becker , CNET

Posted by Antony on 11 February 2004 4:39 PM |

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