'I don't regret sacrificing everything I've got': Former national athlete gives his all to pursue career in esports

My Gamer Life is an AsiaOne original series where gaming professionals and aspirants in Singapore share the highs, lows, successes, and failures through personal stories on how gaming has defined the course of their lives.

What would you give up to pursue your dreams?

In this second episode of My Gamer Life, Valorant player Danial Hakim, also known as RedKoh, details the sacrifices he's made on the path of an esports athlete.

Danial told AsiaOne: "I feel like if you want to be the best, you have to sacrifice a lot to get there. And I don't regret sacrificing everything I've got to be the best."

Now signed under X10, a Thai esports organisation, the 23-year-old Singaporean competes in Valorant esports competitions as a player.

His next match is the VCT 2023 - Challengers League Malaysia & Singapore: Split 2 next week.

A former Singapore Sports School student who competed overseas for Singapore in table tennis, Danial gave up being a national player to pursue a career in esports. 

"In video games, I kind of had more fun than sports in general," Danial shared. "So I was enjoying playing video games more, and tentatively, I started moving away from traditional sports."

Being a table tennis player exhausted him both mentally and physically while playing video games did not, he also said.

"And that's when I realised I would prefer being an esports athlete."

Watch our video for the full interview with Danial.

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