The secret life of a professional gamer
Chen Zebin, 22, was expecting easy money and fame. But he had a rough initiation into the life of a professional video game player. After joining the King e-sports team in Shanghai, his ambition hit a wall. He didn’t get into a tournament for almost 10 months. “My performance was no worse than the other players,” he said. “But I wasn’t allowed to play in the competition simply due to my lack of experience.” Chen, who had been a star gamer back home in the southern megacity of Shenzhen, was later diagnosed with depression. “I was so upset,” he said. “Sometimes I would cry and couldn’t stop.” Eventually, Chen got a chance to play in a tournament, which marked a turnaround in his life. He spec