Gamer takes semester hiatus from studies at SBU, earns $30,000

by Brian Stallard

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The team-based online real-time strategy game League of Legends has revolutionized the professional gaming world since its public release three years ago. Now, young adults are making tens of thousands in tournament winnings and advertising revenue, playing a free-to-play game and broadcasting that game-play live for thousands of daily viewers.

Twenty year old Suraqah Shardow took a semester off from studies at Stony Brook university to get a taste of the professional gaming life for himself. Over that brief four-month hiatus, he made an estimated $30,000 and learned about the ups and downs of the pro-gaming lifestyle.