By The Soho Loft Editorial Group
World champions are trailblazers and innovators as they excel of their subject of experience with coaching, self-discipline, onerous work, and keenness. In any sport or business, being previous or younger doesn’t essentially assure that victory is inside attain.
Presenting Abbe “DieHardBirdie” Borg, the oldest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) world champion as we speak on the age of 78 years previous.
Get to know extra concerning the coolest senior eSports world champion and why he promotes video gaming as a manner for households and other people from completely different generations to bond and construct nearer ties.
Q: What’s the story behind your nickname, Die Laborious Birdie?
Die Laborious Birdie:
Diehard as a result of I’m hardcore. I’m decided and I’m dedicated. I feel the identify Birdie speaks for itself. I’ve this knack for imitating hen sounds whereas whistling with a leaf, piece of paper, or plastic. I can truly mimic all kinds of hen sounds. When my son was rising up, I got here up with a definite hen name, so he would know the place to seek out me in case we’d get separated within the grocery store.
DieHardBirdie aptly describes my gaming personality— or my persona normally. It exhibits my robust no-nonsense facet and my gentle playful facet.
Q: How did you be taught to play Counter-Strike: World Offensive? Which side of the sport caught your consideration? Was the coaching troublesome?
I began 4 years in the past. Lenovo signed me as much as play for his or her workforce together with fellow seniors in Sweden. I had a great deal of enjoyable from the get-go however I by no means thought we’d truly bag the championship final yr. How’s that for a noob?
I like enjoying CS:GO as a result of I get a bang out of enjoying with kickass players. I imply it’s an adrenalin-pumping motion sport. Heaven is aware of, the variety of instances I acquired my butt kicked however I stored at it. You recognize why? As a result of the juice is the place the motion is. You possibly can by no means benefit from the candy style of victory if you happen to haven’t skilled the agony of defeat. I’d say this sport has taught me resilience.
In any sport, coaching is essential. I broke buckets of sweat for this. I practiced two hours a day, 5 instances per week. I skilled my fingers to maneuver quick. In fact, you recognize that dexterity is essential on this sport. Additionally, one of many cool components of my coaching was enjoying in opposition to bots or AI. I used to be dubbed the Fastest Fingers in the West due to all of the onerous work I put into the sport. I additionally discovered concerning the artwork of communication. Getting your message throughout is important in creating performs, utilizing techniques and securing victories. CS: GO is in reality, a solo and a workforce sport. So the communication side is sort of essential too.
Q: Superior. Given these advantages, are you encouraging the players, each younger and previous to maintain enjoying?
Don’t get me incorrect. Steadiness is at all times the important thing. It’s important to preserve tabs in your gaming time. After I skilled beneath the Lenovo Group together with my fellow seniors, we made certain we rested in between lengthy hours of observe. You possibly can have an excessive amount of of a great factor, you recognize. So be accountable sufficient to place a lid in your gaming time — this one goes particularly to the younger ones. Don’t neglect your T4B! (*Time for Mattress in gaming lingo)
Q: What would you prefer to say to your fellow senior residents and the younger players which have seen you play CS:GO?
To my fellow seniors and golden-agers, who says you’re too previous to be taught one thing new? I’m not simply talking for myself. I’ve met octogenarians who’ve taken the video gaming plunge and their determination has clearly paid off. So don’t be scared to interrupt stereotypes. Video gaming is not only for the younger. Go, give it a shot and reap the advantages!
To the younger ones: Carry on enjoying and honing that ability. Don’t be afraid to lose. Be persistent however mood that fireside inside you. Balance is key. Maintain your well being, say no to medication and simply have enjoyable! And please, WYL! (*Watch Your Language)
Q: There appears to be no signal of slowing down. What are your future plans and what’s subsequent for Die Laborious Birdie after bagging the World Championship?
There’s no holding this previous chap. I’ve just lately arrange my Twitch account, DieHardBirdie. You possibly can observe me, present help, and watch my streams dwell at 5:00 P.M. EST and 11:00 P.M. EST.
I’m additionally creating my very own workforce known as the “Die Laborious Snipers” and I’ve began recruiting my workforce members. I’m wanting into recruiting navy and police veterans aged 50 and above to hitch my workforce. These guys have already got a strong bedrock of indispensable survival abilities and it’s second nature to them to not get hit — it goes with out saying that it’s very useful in enjoying and profitable the sport. We will have a number of enjoyable studying from one another.
For these to hitch my workforce, attain out to me. I’m ready. Get drafted and let’s all have a blast!